Discovering the Blending Tool!!

I discovered, what became my  favourite technique, picking out the colours in an image and layering them up, to create a stylised look… who knew it could get better!!

I found the blending tool, and it has changed my life! I  normally struggle to create life-like drawings because i don’t seem to have the patience to commit the amount of time needed to produce realistic work, so i usually opt for a more abstract drawing. I found this tool amazing! It meant i could still use the methods i like that are quite quick and stylised (and save this image so i have a before and after), then blend the colours together to have the final image that is more refined.

I get a lot out of the process because i am able to watch my drawings grow and progress, layer by layer.

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Discovering the Blending Tool!!

Traced Bums – from a reference

This experience was eye-opening! Gradually i have been collecting secondary images from various online platforms i.e. Pinterest, Instagram. This included photographs, drawings and ‘How to’ guides.

These references were used as a starting point, selecting the most appropriate images to be used for tracing (the ones that were easier to see through tracing paper). I wanted to use this method to aid my understanding of ‘shape’ as i would be tracing exactly what i saw.

This was a really good method because it allowed me to see all of the lumps and bumps that bodies have. Nothing was tainted with trying to smooth out the lines. It was drawing exactly what i saw. I noticed lots of things about the shapes; how it could be altered depending on how the person was stood; how being sat down effected the shape and how the structure of your hips effect the overall appearance of your bum. All of these bums look ‘real’ to me, they aren’t manufactured or smoothed out. I feel like i have seen these types of bums walking round in the street.

In the future, i would love to do this exercise on a much larger scale, maybe even life-size to make them feel more accurate and realistic, because how they would look at this size could be completely different to how they look in miniature.

Traced Bums – from a reference