Sunday, September 11, 2016

DIY: The easiest way to copy your favorite masterpiece (even if it's the mona lisa)


Have you ever seen a piece of art thinking "I'd love to have that hanging on my living room"?  Even something like La Gioconda or a paint from Van Gogh, the idea behind this post is that if you can draw a simple line you are perfectly capable to replicate ANY art piece that you love, but let me tell you first a story about the inspiration for this post.

Some weeks ago I was talking with one of my dearest friends, she's about to open a coffee shop/bakery and told me that she has a wall that she wants to use as a small art gallery, she even showed me some images in her cellphone of the kind of art she wanted, and out of nowhere (I still can't figure out why with my current -tight- schedule) I told her that I would paint one of those for her.
You probably are familiar with those situations where you and your big mouth promise things that you don't even know if you are capable of doing, but somehow you got that impulse to say: I can and I will.

I didn't know if I could but I had already gave my word so now I needed to find a way to get that art piece done, I had not even looked on detail the image, I later realized that it was very reachable, except for some sort of lace tablecloth with so much detail that promised to be a nightmare, that is how I started thinking in a way to simplify the task, 

Just one last though: being a designer myself I must say that this "copy" topic is something that needs special attention, I'm a truly believer that we must be very careful when replicating someonelse's work, ALWAYS refering to the source of our "inspiration", I'm probably exagerating a bit here but now that I'm working in a creative business copyright has become a very serious thing.

The masterpiece that I promised to re-create is this:

Please notice the lace detail mentioned before :O


I looked for the source of the illustration but the best result I got was this link, where they mention a shop that sells cards with prints of this and other images, sadly, the store link is broken.

DIY: the easiest way to copy your favorite masterpiece


Difficulty: I would love to say "easy" but that will depend on the source image that you select.
Time required: Again, that depends on your selected project, it took me a couple of sessions to get mine done.
Supplies needed:


  1. The biggest window you can find near you!
  2. A grey-scale print of the image you want to replicate in the size you prefer (I printed mine in A4 size)
  3. A pencil
  4. Watercolor paints
  5. Watercolor paper
  6. Brushes
  7. A glass with water

Let's do this:


Step #1: Copy the image in your paper

Put the print below your watercolor paper then place them over the window so it creates a "light-box" effect. This will help you visualize the print so you can start drawing over your paper.

Once you are done you'll have something as shown below:

Left: original printed image/ Right: copied draft

Step #2: Color your image

It's time to turn this grey draft to a real masterpiece by adding color!

As this is the part where you put your magic take some time to select the type of paint you want to use, in my case based on the image that my friend selected there was no other option but to use watercolors, however, if you are not familiar with it or you are not a fan you can use color pencils, pastel colors or acrylic paint.

Keep the original image close to guide you during the coloring phase, I kept a copy of the image in my cellphone so I could easily confirm the colors used.



Once you finish coloring you'll be done! WOW, only 2 steps (ok, it's a little more complex than that, but you got the idea)

You can see below mine finished next to the original illustration, now I can stop hidding from my friend who has asked me about her promised piece of art a couple of times. (Oh and in case you are wondering I drew the lace detail with a fine sharpie to keep the detailed design, once the sharpie was dried I erased the pencil lines, not bad right?)


The only doubt that I have now is if I should/can sign this paint, I usually always sign all my designs, but being this a "copy" I'm not really sure if I can put my name there, what do you think? Should I?

Anyway, I hope you liked this week's project and would love to hear that you are trying something, it doesn't have to be super complicated! Specially if you think that we are not that far from Christmas and nothing screams "true love" as gifting something made with those creative hands of you.

Love, 
Tany

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