referencephotovlogth

This is a problem I see for both artists and even clients hiring us to paint a photo of their pets or kids. Poor reference photos can be blamed for so many weak paintings. It’s important, especially when painting a subject (or breed if you’re doing pet portraits), to work from a high resolution photo that is a good angle and has good lighting on the subject. By good lighting I do not mean BRIGHT light. Not at all. I mean nice natural light that is ideally hitting the subject on one side of the subject’s face.

In this vlog I will show you samples of several photos I’ve taken that would make for great portraits and some that would not translate well into a painting. I explain why each shot will or will not work. This can help you to know which photos to choose and hopefully help you to explain to your future clients what aspects in a photo are important in your ability to create a masterpiece 😀

I would not paint from this photo.

I would not paint from this photo.

Now this one I would paint from.

Now this one I would paint from.

This one is even better. Nice strong contrast.

This one is even better. Nice strong contrast.