The earliest description of Camera Obscura occurs in the great optical treatise of the Islamic scientist Al-Hazen who died at Cairo, Egypt in A. Al- Hazen honestly declares that he himself did not discover it, so we know it had to come before A. Even later projection equipment lent more speed and control, but mechanical aids could also create a dependence, stifling artist's creativity and imposing limits.
For decades I made differently sized xeroxes and tracings and and cut them out and slid them around replacing them with larger and smaller copies to get the perspectives perfect and the design of the composition to have the mathematical precision I wanted. First comes research and again, finding and training the right models is the hard part, then Photography, Mathematical Design and Digital Composition all come before the image is transferred to paper or canvas and then rendered in mixed media ( including prismacolor pencils, oils, acrylics, and or many other traditional art media).
; Finding and training the right models, Photography, Mathematical Design and Digital Composition all come before the image is chosen to be transferred to paper or canvas and rendered in prismacolor pencils, oils, or other traditional art media... Pandora's box : First a sketch, then a photo, then a collage, then a volume drawing, Then finally rendered as an oil painting.
(above) Painting dozens of layers of Transparent glazes of Oil on Canvas.
Only David's finest digital works ever go on to be rendered in acrylic or oil paint on canvas or panel. Impressionism is a great example; It was not enough that these institutions rejected the work, but they felt the need to destroy the persons reputation and livelihood.
Similarly, Americans are credited with the camera, but it is also not true.
Unlike the camera, the inventor and time of invention of Camera Obscura are unknown."Lilly Evans" MMXI Mixed Media including Oil on Canvas, 3D studio Max and Adobe Photoshop (Above) "Lilly" is the first illustration David has created that incorporates images created in 3D Studio Software.The possibilities that these computer programs combined with traditional media and techniques present to the art world staggers the imagination...Nothing can compare to an original oil painting viewed in person in my opinion but the other painting media definitely look good in print and have their charms and distinct advantages.People have written asking me to tell them how to tell mixed media from prismacolors or oil. This new media looks very presentable and costs far less!Did you know the old masters often traced and employed every mechanical aid at their disposal?