I am finding myself hitting another block in my drawings!! My shading abilities have improved and therefore my drawings are beginning to look more realistic, despite this I am still struggling with knowing exactly what in a given drawing should be dark and what should be light.
MY mom (the artist in the family) suggested that I try converting a regular photograph to a pure black and white form. She says that this is a strategy she uses before she paints a given photo.
I did not quite know how to convert photos into their pure white and black form, so I went to the wise and goggled it.
I found the following instructions and was able to easily convert my photograph.
I found it really useful to see just how made shades of dark there were and where exactly on the face the white belonged.
I felt that I should use my newly “black and white” image in some way… so I searched on pintrest for ideas…
I came across the following project that used a black and white image to create a print on a collage! How cool!
If you would like to create your own mixed media/collage/photo transfer, here is how its done:
What you need: • Inkjet photo (printed on standard printer paper) or a laser photocopy of your photo • Collage materials such as: newspaper clippings, designer or hand-made papers, wrapping papers, etc. • Acrylic or water paints • Mod Podge • Canvas or wood panel • A water spray bottle • UV-resistant clear finish
1) Gather your collage materials and lay them out in a design of your choice on any size canvas or wood panel. In this case I used artist and wrapping papers, but if you don’t have any, you can use any other type of papers and simply paint them so it works with your design. Adhere the collage pieces onto the surface using Mod Podge. 2) Make sure to cover the collage pieces with Mod Podge so it doesn’t only adhere the papers to the canvas but also protects it to all eternity (or at least a few years). 3) Let the collage dry thoroughly. 4) Convert the photo of your choice to black and white (not grayscale) by adding brightness and 100% contrast. In some cases color photos will work as well but black and white often works better. 5) You can use either a xerox photocopy of your image or an image printed from your inkjet printer. If you are using an inkjet, print out a mirror version of your image into a standard printer paper. 6) Cover your image with Mod Podge and press it face down into the collage. Rub gently with your fingers to smooth out any air bubbles. 7) If you are using an inkjet photo you will have to wait only about 15-30 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry and for the transfer to complete. If you are using a photocopy let it set for a few hours, preferably over night. 8 ) Spray the back of your photo with water and gently remove and rub off the excess paper with your fingers in order to reveal the transfer. If you are using a photocopy you will have to repeat this step until the excess paper is completely gone. 9) For the final touch you can add text, letters, gesso and paints. 10) Preserve your art work with a protective finish such as “preserve it!” by Krylon for inkjet or Krylon Crystal Clear if you used a toner based photocopy.
I was a little confused on how to remove the photo once the Modge Podge had set in.
I ended up finding the following video that visually explained how it is done.
My final result ended up being pretty cool, but at a latter time it is defiantly a technique I hope to practice more of.