“Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery”
A quote by Charles Caleb Colton. I know that Friday’s were about me doing reworks, but as I am now changing the day that I do the Bluestone building for Deaf Children Australia, I decided to do something different today.
When I was doing my Fine Arts Degree we had a lecturer that used to tell us to copy the masters, copy the television, copy lots of things to learn how other artists produce their work. Of course you can’t copy it and call it your own, but it is a great way to learn. So in that vein, when I took photos of Alannah, I took some shots with the intention of copying some of Brooke Shaden’s images.
When I first saw Brooke’s image, I pretty much knew how she had done it, but I wasn’t totally sure if I could do it. As it turns out it was a lot harder to do than I had thought. I tried several times, and the above is my latest attempt.
One of the things that I have found quite useful in doing a lot of this work is my understanding of drawing and images, how shadows work, and what shadows look like. It is times like that I am so glad I studied art. I don’t always get it right, but that is okay. I have had to work on the shadows quite a bit, but also I had to get rid of areas as well. The hair was probably one of the hardest things to do.
I don’t mind the outcome and I have learned a lot trying to do it, but I know that Brooke’s image is better. I can handle that.
I have been continuing to make changes to my website, the other day I was playing with the colours. I can’t change them on www.leannecole.com.au yet, but I have changed the colours on the Fine Art Portraits Page. I also did a new banner, which I would like to put on the website when I work out how.
Everything is slowly coming together which is really nice.