Painting people into a painting can be kinda 'scary' I admit; but with a little practice and things to be mindful of you can make it a whole lot easier.
Things to think of:
- Bypass the detail
- Values: simplify and think of the figures instead as shapes of light and shadow.
- Proportions: Legs are longer than arms, legs and arms bend halfway at joints, hands reach down to mid-thigh
- Scale: Adult figure is approx 7-8 heads high. Mans shoulder 3 heads wide, women shoulder 2 heads wide. Indicate movement: one foot higher than the other will suggest a person walking. Balancing act: one arm forward, opposite leg forward,
- Light source: light source is from the upper right in our painting
- look at the negative space.
- Cast and Proximity shadows: Important to show cast shadows from figures onto the beach sand
Will do some practice drawings on mi-teintes paper at a larger scale to get some practice before adding them to our painting.
The are the two guys we'll sketch out. One is coming and one is going.
- add more values
- add highlights