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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Apr-18 > Find your inspiration

Find your inspiration

Make the most of your reference photos by filtering them through digital technology, zooming in on the detail and cutting them up! John Mitchell shows the way

Working from photos


■ Manipulate your photos with software and apps

■ Zoom into the detail; you may be surprised!

■ How to be more creative with your photos

Harbour photograph, St Monans . I spent time at a local harbour, taking a few photographs. I became interested in the shape of the stern hull against the harbour background.
Rudder , goua che, 7x5in. (18x13cm). I cropped the photog raph to select the area that interested me most and zoomed in. I didn ’t include everything but selected elements that interested me most. P hotographs tend to take in a lot of an area. Select what interests you most and disc ard the rest.
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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the April issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, it is packed with practical advice, step-by-step demonstrations, illustrated techniques and tutorials to help you draw and paint successfully. David Bellamy introduces his sketchbook secrets and launches the first of two new painting competitions: Your sketchbook challenge. For watercolourists, we continue our year-long back-to-basics series – this month the wet-in-wet technique – along with watercolour still lifes, a rainy day crowd scene and tonal painting. Learn a five-stage acrylic painting process for landscapes, practise line and wash techniques, mix watercolour with pastels, and put down your brushes to try the 'pour' technique for acrylics. Enjoy another creative month with the UK's best-selling learn-to-paint magazine.