Saturday, December 22, 2007
Blondheim Art Original Paintings
Oil on panel
The Value of Thumbnails
Get in the habit of doing quick thumbnail sketches before you start to paint. You can use index paper gridded off into 9 blocks. Take a pencil and do several sketches of a scene you have in mind. They can just be line drawings with no values or detail. After you do 8 thumbnails, take a look and circle the best three. Take a bit of time to think about why they are the best and then do one more with the elements you like from the best. Now you have a clear understanding of the proposed composition and it will go quickly and easily for you in the final painting. This works both with photos and in painting on location.