Sure, I would love to work exclusively from live models but the reality is I cannot afford to have a model sit for the thirty to forty hours it takes for me to make a painting. For this reason, being an economically challenged painter sometimes means that you also need to learn how to be a photographer. If you do, you’re in good company, Eric Fischl, John Currin, Gerhard Richter, Anders Zorn and even Degas all use or used photography. Using photographs and especially digital photographs can even have unseen benefits both in terms of content and technique.
|The canvas underpainted with colored acrylic. The drawing is done in charcoal pencil but is incomplete until I use tools such as T-squares and ellipse guides to draw the martini glasses.|
|The completed martini glasses and shakers.|
|The completed table cloth.|
|Hair face and hands completed!|
|The painting so far.|