Technique

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These paintings of the area around S. Maria dei Miracoli in Venice were produced by Jenny Whittingham in 1997 as analytical sketches for a project in the School. They were produced by painting in acrylic directly onto standard photographic prints, an apparently simple and cheap technique. This was preCAD or before the general interest in and availability of CAD in the School. They demonstrate the value of tracing and transforming images and other base material using hand-drawing or painting to develop a feel for form, space and atmosphere (and chiaroscuro). Of course an ‘acrylic’ or other effect could be produced by the use of filters in Photoshop but the tactile element of the exercise is lost as is the skill of the colourist. Here the transformation is in the hand and mind of the designer.