painting by Joyce Washor
Have you ever wanted to create miniature paintings? Then check out the Artists Network post on Mighty Miniature Paintings written by Cherie Dawn Haas with tips from artist, Joyce Washor. She is the author of Think Big, Paint Small, a book dedicated to the art of miniature paintings. Here are some specific tips from Washor:
Shrinking Your References for Miniature Paintings
One of the best things you can do to render what you see as life-sized into a small format is to draw the composition as a single unit, not as individual items. Specifically:
- Draw the Basic Outline
Start by blocking in the outermost edges of the objects—but as just one shape, not individual shapes.
- Fill in the Outline
Draw the edges of the shape made by the objects, and add the table top.
- Finish the Sketch
Now you can look at each object individually and add in each distinct shape.
Check out the complete article for more tips. This post inspired me to pull out my tiny canvases and begin experimenting.