Mixed Media Thursday: From sketch to painting

I've always wondered why artists did like a whole detailed mini sketch of a subject matter before working on the actual piece even though sometimes the final piece doesn't even look anything like the sketch.  So I decided to give it a go to see what I can learn from the process.

First I started with doing the background of my mixed media painting - the usual layering of mediums in various different colours until I had a pleasing result.

Then I went into my sketchbook for the sketch of an eye I did recently in coloured pencils and paint markers.

Using the sketch as a guide, I drew in the shape of the eye with a water brush pen filled with ink. I like using ink as opposed to paints at this sketch stage because the ink has more "open" time and I can just clean it off with a wet wipe/rag if I made a mistake.

Now I know why artists take the time to do a detailed sketch first because it really helps to save time on the actual piece. I actually got this eye done in one sitting...under three hours...because I didn't have to fiddle with getting the eye shape/angles right.

I really like how the final piece turned out. Here it is on my gallery wall. It measures 20 by 20 inches.

What do you think?


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Lisa said...

Absolutely spectacular!! The background is gorgeous and the eye is amazing!! I love your inspiring gallery wall, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This looks AMAZING! I love love love love the colors!!!!!!

Cindy deRosier said...

It looks AMAZING!

Shelly said...

*let me just pick my jaw up off the floor...* SOOO AMAZING, my friend! Wow!

Audrey Pettit said...

Amazing! Your gallery wall is fab.u.lous!!!

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