September 22, 2023


How Art Works

Why You Ought to Take Progress Photographs of Your Work

2 min read

I’ve taken progress photographs of just about each portray I’ve created over the previous seven years. This has been a useful behavior. Not solely does it remind me how every portray got here collectively, however it additionally helps me clear up issues that come up in my work.

Usually a portray will likely be coming collectively properly… till it’s not. Sooner or later within the portray, issues took a flip for the more serious with out me noticing. I’m positive the sensation.

That is the place progress photographs turn out to be useful. I can look again by way of the pictures on my telephone and see the place it began to go improper. Maybe there was a tough edge that I unintentionally softened; maybe I launched a coloration that doesn’t work; or maybe my brushwork acquired sloppy. Regardless of the case, it’s useful to know what went improper and when. I won’t be capable of return to that time, however the perception will assist me give you an answer.

One other profit is having the ability to have a look at progress photographs of your present work between periods if you’re away from the easel. I do that typically with difficult work that run over just a few periods. I’ll sometimes lie in mattress earlier than I fall asleep, have a look at the latest progress shot, and ponder my subsequent strikes. This enables me to start out the following session with momentum and an concept of what to do.

Anyway, hope you discovered this useful.

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Dan Scott

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