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No intrusion. Its sort of hard to explain, but I know it when i see it. When I say sits in space well and has an atmosphere it is all about value really, or correct value throughout the painting. The space looks authentic. Nothing appears to be floating or appear like flat cutouts.
Many times people will paint from a photo and copy the photo exactly without understanding that a photo is flat. Without a lot of life drawing experience photographic copies tend to lack what I am talking about above. If you do have a lot of life drawing experience you intuitively know when to deviate from it.
This explanation probably confused you more, but it is sort of hard to explain.
Having just finished 3 commissions I can say yes they can be joyless endeavors. I made the mistake of allowing for bad photo reference from customers. I made the commissions work but was not fun. … (View Post)
Yeah. It was kind of a nutty commission. This was her dead husband. He actually had some formal photos in his police officers uniform, but she really wanted this one, so i complied. I amped up th… (View Post)