The Old Willow 2008 I saw this scene in passing one night. I came back and took a photo of it in the daytime. I prefer to draw from life when ever possible. When I do draw from one of my photos I draw in the same method in which I draw from life. I sit the pic up like it is a scene I would find looking out a window. The composition was created when I took the pic. The camera is a view finder. Drawing from a photograph is a poor way to train in comparison to drawing from life. But an experienced artist can create from either method equally. One of the things I enjoy from life drawing is the elements you contend with. You certainly draw more direct and quickly when you are freezing cold or the sun is beating down you mercilessly. If your work is too tight and careful, try going outside and drawing from life.
January 17th, 2012
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