1 Pho­to­graphic ref­er­ence

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For the ref­er­ence shot, I pho­to­graph my grand­mother’s hands hold­ing a glass jar that’s close to what I want to even­tu­ally paint in, to un­der­stand how it would re­act un­der the light­ing scheme. I have stark sun­light com­ing in from the left, which makes the ob­jects in the com­po­si­tion stand out in three­d­i­men­sions and fits my de­sign well.

I ig­nore the colours and the value scheme of the pho­to­graph. The ref­er­ence is an aid, not a crutch. I ask my grand­mother to hold the jar as nat­u­rally as pos­si­ble, so as to not let the hands look strained or con­trived in any way.

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