Strange how aptly named this photo is. Not only is it of the foundations of a church (click on the photo for more information), but is also the basis for the first of my pieces for next year’s show.
I’ve got the layout of the background basically done and am now working on the foreground and columns. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on a digicam soon and take some “in-progress” photos.
Generally I don’t really work from photos, but I do use them as a memory aid when trying to nail down details of people, places or things. More often than not, I’ll take a camera as well as a sketch book when I go image hunting and use some composite of the two. Photos are less time-consuming than sketches for detail-recording, though sketches are better for manipulating the details and jotting down ideas for mood, colour variations and perspective.