Category Archives: Project 5: Working from drawings and photographs

Exercise 3: Working from a photograph

I have to admit that working from a photograph really has it’s advantages. I discovered a lovely aesthetically pleasing landscape that was fairly balanced and included the main components that achieved a “typical” landscape. The mirrored water was achieved much greater in earlier sketches and my mini tester painting. The more that I spent time on this painting and even completed another second larger scaled one too, the more freedom that I discovered as I moved away from the original. I feel that the final painting moved away from the original, however, not too much that it lost why I loved it in the first place. I would say that the biggest changes were the colours used. They ended up being more of my own emotional expression, in comparison to the original.

I wasn’t as satisfied with it as I would of liked though. There was something missing that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. This is something I am going to personally explore.

Other possible subjects:


Initial sketch, line and colour study for my chosen subject:


Watercolour painting in my sketchbook:


My A3 acrylic that I wasn’t happy with and decided to try again:


My re-done final painting on A4:



Exercise 1: Painting from a working drawing

For this exercise I used a familiar subject. Using the corner of a room with a very simple composition really allowed me to explore this exercise to its full potential. Stripping away the fuss and clutter and exploring the area with three drawings:

  • a linear study (main shapes)
  • tonal study
  • a colour study

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Creating a painting using these drawings around me, really worked. I used a canvas, still small in scale, however, larger than the drawings.

017 A water colour painting bringing together all of the techniques.

025 Acrylic on canvas.

  • The sketches definitely provided enough detail to complete the painting. If the subject had been more detailed, I question if this would of been the same.
  • Once being away from the subject (as you can see), I was definitely able to explore my own style and freedom. I explored researched work that I had undertaken on other artists work in this area and especially colours used. This is something that I have been exploring more and more so recently after recent tutor feedback. I am being braver in my colours with the more knowledge that I am gaining on the subject.
  • Out of all the interiors that I have painting, I preferred this one. This surprised me as it probably took me less time in comparison. However I was more confident in my colour choices, etc. The linear perspective worked well too.

This is definitely a method that I will exploit in my work in future.