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Forums - General Discussion - Where do you start, and why?

1. 23 Jun 2014 05:09


I enjoy watching the PB's as I am always interested in the starting point of a picture. For example, when I'm doing a face I have a tendancy to start with the eyes and work the rest around them, whilst others begin with the hair and head and fill in the features later.
With landscapes I nearly always make the background first and build the picture on it.
What's your prefered method?

2. 23 Jun 2014 10:19


Interesting question. I prefer not to have a method, as is evident in my pictures

3. 29 Jun 2014 23:51


for the portraits I often begin to the right eye, but sometime I trace the line of the face before. Other pics starts in different ways, sometime I put down some "marker" to organize the space, other times I start from background and other again I start from a detail. It also depends from the palette, b/c sometime I need to make the figures lay over the background, other times I need to carve the figures from the background.

4. 22 Jul 2014 03:50


I'm use to working in oils. And layering and reworking. So background first laying to general shapes amd adding detail. However, I have been working on using certain edges of pieces to get more color dimension, in which case the piece demands a direction. Eg. Top to bottom, left to right...

5. 21 Jan 2018 05:16


i don't really create pics of people that much usually just random stuff here and there (i wouldn't really call them works of art:( ) but i usually just start of with the background and work my way in. :]

6. 29 Sep 2020 00:32


i began at doodling actually and now I am looking at all the possible psychological characterisation that can go behind a particular portrait- this is helping me in my poetry also as i am trying to move on to narrative poetry- overall it is a study in patience and hard work. I am use textbooks of psychology that i study as inspirations and make customized art that would suit their covers better than the usual trite stuff. Creating one for this Discovering psychology text nowadays- imagining a brain on different surreal journeys- will share once it is complete

7. 29 Sep 2020 15:32


variable as much as possible

8. 13 Oct 2020 11:37


Where I start, it usually depends on the palette and the pieces I will be using. I start somewhere in the middle where I think has the most difficult area to make without having to redraw it multiple times as I invest more time into it (with the amount of data flash was able to withhold it was very important to try not to repeat areas already drawn or glitches begin to appear and playbacks don't finish entirely.) Other times I'll try out Qsilv method and make a very quick outline sketch of what I want and where I want certain features to lie. It really depends on the drawing. I find for me it guides the artist more so than the artist guides it.