If you're like me, printing off reference photos for painting a portrait is a major inconvenience. You have to run to the photo developer and get them printed off, hoping they turn out ok, then tape them up next to your canvas, and struggle with them falling off. Or you try to print your own from your own computer and it costs you an arm and a leg in ink.
I got tired of it.
I asked for a Kindle Fire for Christmas and got one. Photos look outstanding in it.
I knew I wanted to set it up next to my canvas, but how would I get it to stay there? I thought of attaching a wire to the ceiling but that sounded sketchy.
So I made my own contraption to hold it up out of cardboard. If said this before, but if wasn't an artist, I'd be a "mad scientist" inventor like Doc Brown from Back to the Future! The thing I made to hold my Kindle worked great.
One of my students saw it in a video and said she was having "technology envy." :) She thought the idea was cool. So I figured, why not share this with my students?
Let me show you how to make this Reference Photo Holder. It's not fancy, it's not even pretty, but it works. And you can make your own, with some cardboard and packaging tape lying around your house.
With the Reference Photo Holder (and a tablet device like a Kindle or iPad), you can...
- Improve your realism by having your reference right next to what you're working on
- Zoom in easily to see specific details
- Save frustration on having to leave your studio to get prints
- Save money om ink or photo development costs.
Enroll today in this FREE DIY mini-course and I'll show you, step-by-step, how to make your own Reference Photo Holder!
All the best,
P.S. When you enroll, I will also keep in touch with you, via email, on my latest tips, techniques, and courses for painting realistic portraits in acrylic. (I will not spam you can you can unsubscribe at any time.)
Since 1993, Matt has been painting portraits in acrylic, both on commission and for exhibition at art shows. In the last few years, he has been teaching students locally and worldwide how to use their God-given gifts and create beautiful paintings they can be proud to show. Currently, he lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin with his wife and three children. When he's not painting or teaching, he enjoys spending time with God, his family, and enjoying nature.