Firstly, I'm jealous of your shading. I can never get shading right with paint when creating relatively small works.Getting Abstracted
In art a few years ago, we had to abstract a detailed atwork. It was basically three steps
From your original and detailed drawing, you Simplify, Stylize and Abstract.
All you really need is coloured pencils and a sketch book or paper to plan.
1. Find an image you want to work, or use as a reference. (It's easier to work from some kind of reference, but you can just draw a relatively detailed drawing of your own image if you like.)
2. Looking at your reference or previous image, simplify
- sketch out your drawing, decreasing the amount of detail. Don't draw fiddly little lines or spend too much time on it. Try to use strong bold lines, and create definite areas, much like 'blocks'. Regarding colour, probably stick to only 5 or 6 colours, and fill in areas as blocks - don't try to shade or blend. Once you've finished this step, Put away your orignal image!
3. Looking at you simplified image, stylise
- If one of your 'blocks' or lines is curved, exaggerate it. If an area is slightly angular, make it even more so. If two colours make up one 'area' seperate them. Once you've finished this step, Put away your simplified image!
4. Looking at your stylized image, abstract
- Looking at the shapes in your previous image, manipulate them; move them apart, put them on an angle, re-arrange them.
Note: When I went through these steps at school, I was more happy with the sylized image, because it was more obvious what the image was. Just do what you feel is right. Go right through the process, and if you don't like the final picture, you still have the previous drawings!
Once you're happy with your layout, sketch onto your canvas with chalk (it doesn't show through the paint like pencil does, and voila!)
On your particular image, I just thought you might want to put in pillows or something - just as something to actually abstract, rather than having random shapes from scratch. You might wanna do a few small (e.g 4 x 4 inches) sketches in colour pencils to see what you like.
Anyhow, best of luck, and I hope I've helped. Be sure to show us the finished product!!
If you have any questions, don't hesitate
hmm. I'm not trying to put down this technique or anything but don't you think the work might be more emotional and engaging if she abstracted in a way that wasn't step-by-step following a certain formula? I don't know I just feel like when you are painting abstract it should be more free. For me art is the one thing you can do by your own rules and not be bound by instructions, ya know? To tirididi: I think you should just try convey whatever emotion you were feeling when you decided on the subject matter of the painting. Make it sexy, passionate and sensual. I think you are on the right track! Maybe try and use warmer colors to show the heat between them. I don't know what I'm talking about....