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Setting up a Sight-Size Portrait

2 monthes ago   |   By Gurney Journey

In this photo, an unidentified artist has set up a life-size portrait.
The canvas is approximately on the same plane as the model, so that when the artist backs up from both, he can compare the painting and the subject side by side in the same light. Note the planks of wood to protect the lawn from wear when the artist backs up from the painting or steps over to his taboret. Sight-size is good exercise.
The sight-size method , which is in common practice in many ateliers, is one practical way to achieve accuracy, and it makes sense when you want your painting to be the same size as the...
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