The Challenge of Painting Realistically
You have watched videos of four painters discussing how they work and the challenges they face.
- Realistic painting can best be defined as artwork that
- depicts landscapes, portraits, or still-life subjects.
- attempts a photographic likeness of the subject matter.
- is an exact depiction of reality.
- uses common objects or real people as subject matter.
- The two landscape painters in the video share a similar process for beginning a painting. It includes
- outlining the subjects as exactly as possible and then painting in the details.
- taking photographs of all aspects of the landscape they want to paint.
- starting with a loose underpainting and then layering in the color and paint.
- making a lot of rough sketches and then painting over the one they like best.
- The landscape painter who puts his painting away when the season changes is talking about the challenge of
- dealing with the way the light changes with the seasons.
- painting with such exactness that it takes a very long time.
- not being satisfied with his depiction of the subject matter.
- painting the same scene in different seasons.
- The painter who paints self-portraits faces challenges that she says include
- the need to have lots of photos of herself around.
- making each self-portrait different from the other.
- how to make the viewer feel she is attractive.
- how to make the viewer like her.
- The painter who paints still lifes uses a grid as a tool to
- map out what he’s going to place where on his canvas.
- make sure the shape he’s drawing is the same proportion as it will be in the finished painting.
- help him decide which colors and textures he wants to use.
- make him see clearly and keep practicing getting his drawing right.