A Cut out of the 3 page article in The Artist Magazine December 2013
I love sketching on public transport, the streets and anywhere I get to see faces!
In the Current December Issue of The Artist Magazine, I have a 3 page article on how I transform my sketches to completed paintings.
A lot of people sketch but sometimes they wonder what to do with the sketches after turning out loads of them in their sketchbooks. I often advise students to try painting directly from their sketches, it is a great challenge but it helps one to develop ones observation and intuition.
Look out for this issue in the shops, my article is on page 46-48.
Below, I have a recent transformation that I embarked upon. It was of a lady I sketched in the way to York.
The Original Sketch
The Transformation to Colour
To see some of the steps I went through to paint this transformation, Click HERE.
I love to see how a sketch would look in colour, so, I do my best to either put some colour notes down while sketching or observe keenly so that I'll be able to remember as much information as possible from my memory.
It's a very good practice to take note of different skin tones and colour temperature in different settings. I am always excited to find out if I was able to get as close to what I saw on public transport or not.
"Sketch and draw in such a way that you'll be able to paint from it, if possible. Train yourself to know what to put into the sketch or drawing that will make your painting exercise from it much easier."-Jeff Stultiens RP (talking to us while at Heatherleys School of Fine Art, 2005)