By Sein Chew
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The scanned image was then worked on in Photoshop; this process involved both cropping the image and digitally enhancing it in chosen areas. A final version of the image was then printed out onto cotton rag paper using a large format printer. Hole in the Wall, pen and ink on drafting paper, 23 x 23 inches, 2013 Step 4: I then printed out the larger, digital version of the drawing onto cotton rag paper and began to work into it again with Rotring Isograph pens. During the process of enlargement, some of the fine details of the pen work are lost and the digital printout, on its own, can feel pretty flat; hence, the second stage of pen and ink work.
Also, put your work out in the world. Art is meant to be seen and experienced by other people. A professional artist is a person who makes art and exhibits it in recognized art galleries. In regards to your technique: describe what makes your art form and approach to it special. I am influenced by Baroque painting and sculpture, and so the drama and dark theatricality that I love in the Baroque influences my choices and the way I paint. I work faithfully from my reference, relying on it to dictate form and color.
Toward the edges of my photograph, the camera lens always seems to skew and distort objects. For these objects, I then consulted the actual still life bottles in order to make an accurate drawing. Once I had established the major shapes, I put aside my photo and placed the remaining details through drawing from life. I used the kneaded eraser to remove all excess charcoal. To clean the painting surface of oils from my hands and additional charcoal, I used a small amount of Gamsol on a facial sponge and gently wiped the surface.
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