In order to demonstrate the process of producing a work of art, Sharon has shared some photos of the development of the piece, “Legal Matters”:
I begin with the models. These days I use my students. They are less shy about modeling as we work in this manner more and more . Each person is given her “script” as it were, then asked if she can identify with the role she is given. I try to have more than one photographer. I like to be able to see the differing views and “takes” on the same situational set-up. Role play forces me to focus on each character, her movements and natural interaction with other characters and the environment.
Eventually I will ask the models to freeze. Then I consider what the camera “sees”. The camera sees differently. I take many photos sometimes as many as one hundred with little differences such as moving more to the left or right of the models and shooting them. The final choice regarding which photo I will paint from is made when I review all of the photos at the computer.
Next the image is rendered in charcoal. I usually use a vine charcoal. It erases easily so corrections can be made . The values are worked through during this stage of the picture’s development. The charcoal is fixed and becomes permanent.
Next the image is rendered with a single color. This provides the under painting. This color will influence all subsequent colors. This under painting is fixed also so that it doesn’t blend with the final colors to be added.
The final color or colors are then applied.
The final work.