If you haven’t heard yet, I’ve been commissioned to paint a large scale painting of my interpretation of the Last Supper. After running the sketch by the client, I made some color studies, built, stretched and prepared the 11′ x 5.5′ canvas, and spent a few hours the other night transferring the drawing.
After rearranging my studio space, I hung the painting on the wall and sat back and heard the question most commonly asked at this stage of painting: ‘Where do you begin?’ This is one of the silliest questions painters have to answer, as you just pick a color and start. The longer you wait, second guess yourself, or otherwise procrastinate, you’re simply losing time and most likely energy as well.
And at the end of the first day of painting, had a mostly roughed in underpainting waiting for me to return in the morning. That’s when the sketch really becomes a painting and when the real work will kick in, when I start redrawing into the painting and clean up a lot of the rough edges from the transfer process.
So simple large blocks of color and a few key lines are how a sketch slowly becomes a painting. Stay tuned for more updates on this giant project!