Admittedly this experiment I undertook in the small hours of last night/morning cannot really be considered a “freehand” drawing in it's entirety since. I openly admit using the lovely Christine’s photo both as photo reference and an aid to place the lines (tracing). Despite that, it really depends on the tools you have at your disposal too. This experiment was actually to test out a few pens I had bought, but it actually served as an experiment for a number of things:
My first time illustrating an Asian lady
My first time using a brush pen
My first time using Strathmore Bristol board
My first time (in a very long time) of using coloured inks to colour my work
I’ll probably write more on the pens in another letter. For the longest time i have admired semi-realistic artworks. Real enough to seem slightly lifelike, but "impressionist" enough to give a hint that it is more emotionally/creatively charged than simply an illustrated photograph. You want it to be an artist's perception or interpretation. I grew up being taught in school that to trace or even use photographs for artworks was a form of cheating. As a young child this profoundly affects you. Who really wants to consider themselves a cheater? We all want to be something of an achievement. At the age of 31 i am still reluctant to use photography in my artworks due to this, though in recent times, as can be seen in using Christine's beautiful photo, it can achieve a more polished professional look...which is essentially all that really matters.Coming of age, i began to see that some of the greats, for example Alphonse Mucha, whose artwork i first ecountered in Prague, would use photographs of his female models in his studio. Mucha passed away in 1939, a good forty years before i was born, and yet was a credible respected artist despite his use of photography. I wonder at times if i had ignored the teachers, or had never been taught that it was cheating to use photographs, would anything have changed?
my ability to have fully finished pieces available for galleries