Another watercolor portrait. I am more pleased with this one than the one in the last post. These last two faces (and most of the faces I use) come from old black and white photos. Mostly I am off on some feature, but because they are not commissioned portraits and I am only pleasing myself, an exact likeness isn’t necessary. (I placed the scanned watercolor onto of the photo and, oh boy, was I off on the mouth in the last posted watercolor! It was perhaps 1/4″- 1/2″ further to the left than it should have been, more than I would be able to correct.) I would like to improve my skills, so this time I scanned my drawing into Photoshop and saw where I was off allowing me to correct the drawing before I watercolored it. Took a bit of effort for lazy me but I think the image does look more like the photo and it is an easy way of checking accuracy.
Do you consider the use of technology cheating when it comes to your art or do you embrace it? I use to think anything other than using your hand and eye was cheating, not feeling that way much anymore. I have used Photoshop for everything, from enhancing color to cutout layers to simplify value. It is a useful tool but I would still love to be able to look at something and accurately capture it just using the pencil in my hand.