These images will show you what goes into a painting proposal, or at least this kind of painting proposal. Not all painting proposals are alike, but for the sake of this class and this project, I hope these images help you understand.
The first steps: place the images; move them around. Hits and misses.
The image on the right (top) is of a painting by artist, Diego Velazquez entitled, Las Meninas. I was asked to propose a painting similar to that one which centered around the patron's son rather than the girl in the Velazquez painting. They asked me to replace the young woman's entertainment (the midget, the dog, and the other kids) with things that inspired and entertained their son (Shrek, Bart Simpson, Rhonaldino, Pele, Spider-man, etc.). They also asked me to include the boys birth mother - he was adopted - somewhere in the painting. In the above image, I added her image to one of the canvases in the background. That changed.
The progress: Several steps to the finish line...
The above four images are examples of steps in the proposal. The first (top left) image is where I began. After each image was at a stage where I needed guidance or had concerns, I submitted it to the patron. The first image for example, I submitted simply to convey the idea. In the proposal, I conveyed that I thought it needed color because it is about a young man. The original was too stark. The characters were also only for example, and I did not yet have an image of the patron's son. With this image, I was asking for examples of characters and further suggestion.
The second image (top right) shows the growth from the first after the patron's input and suggestions. I replaced the characters and a few of the paintings. I also added an image of the patron's son's birth mother - he was adopted - at the request of the patron. One other change was made; in the original, Velazquez's patron was said to be the man in the doorway. At the request of the patron, I replaced him with the gallerist who facilitated my painting commission. This image was then sent as a proposal to the patron, requesting feedback and suggestions.
The third image (bottom left) Is nearly complete. We decided to bring it into the present by removing the large canvas and the depiction of Velazquez painting himself and replacing that with myself taking a selfie - the contemporary equivalent of Velazquez painting a portrait of himself - and a few additional characters roughly the size of the large canvas. the patron also didn't want to image of the mother to be so up-front and visible so I came up with the idea to flip her upside down and hide her in the ceiling. The patron's included a poem that they wanted in the painting. I hid that in the other side of the ceiling. And to pay homage to the original, I made one of the paintings in the background into a painting of the young girl from Velazquez's original.
The last image (bottom right) was the final correspondence before production was approved. I changed the image of the gallerist to one absolutely depicting the gallerist and I switched out the patron's son's outfit for one similar to James Bond, at the patron's request. One other change was made, though it is not reflected in The proposal. I added a video of the patrons talking to their son. It is said that the frame just above the girl's head in Velazquez's painting was of a mirror reflecting the girl's parents. That was where I inlaid the video screen and video of the patrons.
At some point during the proposal, usually near the end, an "in location" image should be given to the patron so they can see what the painting will look like in its proposed location.
THE FINISHED PAINTING
For the class:
This is why images are so important. without the images, we can't make the proposal. We can't lay out the painting. We can't depict an accurate outcome. The images do not need to be perfect. Also, because our painting is to be sewn, everything can be made seperately but not before the proposal is done. So, DIVE IN! Make as accurate of an image as you can, but make it quickly. If it will be a painting, then paint it. If it will be a drawing, then draw it. If it is going to be a photo, then remember, it will need to be printed large. Size however, at this stage, is not important. This is not the final piece. It is only for the proposal, and we can scale it to size on the computer.