I know people do this.
I want to do this.
But I haven’t done this yet.
By “this”, I mean use one of my drawings as a basis for a painting.
I know that this is a fundamental skill that many (most?) artists exercise, but for whatever reason – fear – I haven’t.
Yet I have a bunch of drawings that I think would translate well into paintings.
A few months ago, for example, I drew this half-body portrait:
So, I left this drawing on the top of my stack of drawings for a couple of months, sliding new drawings in underneath it, because I really liked the composition.
This drawing would, I think, make a good transition into a painting. But I haven’t done it. I really ought to, just to have that experience.
I think that once I’ve done it once, I’m likely to do it again and again. After all, in many ways a drawing is a better record of a scene or a person than is a photo. The decisions on what to select, what to exclude, and what to emphasize have already been made. The subject is not lost in the background.
I think I can I think I can I will.