Using a photo reference can make all the difference when you’re working on a realistic landscape painting, especially if you’re stuck inside due to foul weather, or can’t paint en plein air. But there’s a few tricks to painting from photo references, especially since not all photo references are equal, and you may need to modify what you see into something more suitable to your composition. Whether it’s because you want to leave out some element, adjust the colors or values, or only use part of a reference to add to a greater whole, there are a number of reasons that working from a photograph isn’t strictly about copying the photo.
In Painting from Photos: Pastels with Maggie Price, you can learn how to paint a realistic landscape painting from a photograph. Maggie demonstrates, in a complete, start-to-finish demonstration, how photography can help you be successful in your pastel painting attempts and how to overcome typical photography flaws; namely, issues with value, color, perspective and clutter. Along the way, you’ll learn some great pastel painting techniques so that you can use your favorite photos to create beautiful landscape art.
Preview Painting from Photos: Pastels with Maggie Price now to get tips on what to do when you are stuck and unsure of where to go next. Watch as she develops foliage areas of this lovely creek scene. Then, head over to ArtistsNetwork.tv to get the full-length video, along with reviews, materials, and more.
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