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How do you justify so much preparatory work?

1 month ago   |   By Gurney Journey

These charcoal-on-vellum line drawings are half the size of the final painting of Waterfall City. This is the step where I figure out perspective, placement, and storytelling, thinking about how those gliders could get across the gorge, which areas to lose in mist, and which architectural forms are repeated.
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Eloise Scherrer asks: "Do you always do so much preparatory work for such paintings? Was it a personal work or part of an editorial project/command? (the underlying interrogation is how do...
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