Model James Orona
When I was photographing George Towne’s step-by-step demonstration for the December 2009 issue of American Artist, I took 15 minutes to draw James Orona, the model who was posing for George. My Conté crayon sketch turned out not to be an accurate portrait of James, so I took photographs to use in correcting the sketch or developing another drawing. It was at that point I realized that much of what I needed to know about drawing from a photograph was covered in the special premium currently being offered to people who subscribe to the Artist Daily e-newsletter.
Looking at the photographs I took of James made me realize just how misleading a photograph can be in terms of colors, values, composition, and detail. Even though I used an expensive digital camera to take the shots, the skin tones were completely different from what I observed, the sculptural form of his body became flat, and the subtle shadows cast by the light crossing his torso had become harsh. If I hadn’t just spent time looking carefully at the live model, I might have missed all these subtle but important distortions.
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