Sunday, November 27, 2011

photographic views - my tip on completing your artwork

I noticed something very interesting with my art journaling that may help other artists too.  Whether I'm planning to sell my artwork or if I'm just experimenting for myself, I've gotten into the habit of taking a photograph of the piece before I'm completely finished.  I do this because it's easier for me to see if something isn't right.  


With a photograph, I'll notice if  things are off balance or if I've forgotten to add something.  Like this cat's scarf - she looked a little cold with that blue background, so I got some ribbon to put around her neck and added Season's Greetings, after looking at it.  It would be perfect for a holiday card!

I'm just suggesting that you try taking a photograph when you're close to completing a piece and view it on your computer screen before you finish it.  This might help you notice things that you don't see in person.

On Wednesday, I was in such a rush to put a Wordless Wednesday onto my blog that I uploaded my spread "Autumn Leaves" without sitting down to examine it.  Later on that night, I was looking at the image online and saw all the leaves falling in the same direction.

Before and 
after.
But that's not how leaves fall off trees!  So I went back to my art journal and stamped some more leaves in different directions.  Even though it might not matter to blog visitors, it sure made me feel a lot better!

Do you have a special way of "tweeking" your artwork, or do you not look back on work finished?

13 comments:

cindy said...

You know, that is true! The camera picks up everything that the eye does not see. I've found this out myself. I may notice something a bit off, then have to go back and correct my mistake. I'm constantly using the lint roller too, every little hair shows up in photos!

riorita said...

I do just the same with my jewelry. I photograph it and then correct what I find should be corrected.

Erika said...

I do this with the clothes I make. Sometimes I take my drawings to the mirror to get a view of them in a different way.

BeadedTail said...

I'm one of those weird, perfectionist accountants so I inspect my items so thoroughly all through the process. This is why it takes me forever to make anything!

Sher said...

This is a great idea. I'm a terrible perfectionist. I will go over something a hundred times until I'm happy. This could probably knock it down to 50!

Kathleen said...

Great idea! I have photographed artwork and, when editing the photos, seen some glaring errors that needed repair. It's amazing how much looking at things differently helps.

Athena said...

That's a really good tip! But I tend to just want to get things finished. And I generally don't like most of what I finish; I have to put it aside for a few days, then re-examine it. And then I'm finally happy with it. ;)

Nancy said...

I really love that idea Deb! I never take the time to edit after I deem something complete. But cutting yourself off before you finish to revisit is such a great idea!

Linda Pruitt said...

I love your idea! I do this with words on a page, since I do like to write and my hubby is a writer. I temporarily change the font and look at the page again. Many times I see something different and can correct it!

Rose said...

Great photography tip! I love the added leaves. It's important to feel pleased with your own work.

Sometimes I tweak things based on feedback, but generally when I'm done, I'm done.

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memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

This is such a great idea!
When I work on 12x12 scrapbook layouts, I like to leave them out for a day or two before I glue everything down...sometimes it takes a few times looking at them to see what needs changed.

Splendid Little Stars said...

great tip that has generated some interesting comments.
I look and look and look and generally know when something is finished or not.

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