Painting Great Pictures from Photographs

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"As Harrison ably shows, photos can inspire, capture what won't stay still, or serve as a personal reference file...[This is] a good first choice."--Library Journal

"A very helpful resource for both artist and art educator."--School Arts

A camera can instantly capture a fleeting moment in time--that shifting quality of light, a flash of emotion across a face--and preserve it for artists to paint at their leisure. Make your photographs an ...

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Overview

"As Harrison ably shows, photos can inspire, capture what won't stay still, or serve as a personal reference file...[This is] a good first choice."--Library Journal

"A very helpful resource for both artist and art educator."--School Arts

A camera can instantly capture a fleeting moment in time--that shifting quality of light, a flash of emotion across a face--and preserve it for artists to paint at their leisure. Make your photographs an invaluable inspiration for great paintings with this inspirational guide. A technical discussion covers cameras, lenses, viewpoints, and depth of field. Themed mini-galleries place source photographs and the paintings they motivated side-by-side--including a photo of Paris by night that, in the artist's hands, becomes a glittering, romantic pastel of the city. Eight in-depth profiles of painters feature a selection of their art, conversations about their working methods, and a tutorial that follows the progression from photograph to painting.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781402724190
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 128

Table of Contents

Choosing a camera 8
Types of camera 10
Lenses 12
Exposing the film 14
Using your camera as a sketchbook 16
Looking & thinking 18
Viewpoint 20
Composition 22
Making a reference file 24
Choosing the focal length 26
Getting it in focus 28
Close focus 30
Exploring natural light 32
Low-light photographs 34
Light & dark 36
Movement 38
Indoor subjects 40
Figures & portraits 42
Photographs from television 44
Preparing to paint 46
Editing your photos 48
Combining photos 50
Camera distortions 52
Outside stimulus 54
Drawing for painting 56
Choosing the medium 58
From photos to paintings 62
Capturing natural light effects 64
Artists' gallery: still life 70
Painting pattern and detail 72
Artists' gallery: flower studies 78
Painting vivid urban scenes 80
Artists' gallery: painting buildings 86
Color and pattern in landscape 88
Artists' gallery: flowers and foliage 94
Composing from multiple images 96
Artists' gallery: focusing on details 102
A personal approach to architecture 104
Artists' gallery: painting seascapes 110
Color and atmosphere in land- and seascapes 112
Artists' gallery: painting landscapes 118
Exploiting landscape textures 120
Index 126
Credits 128
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