Using Photographic References for Painting

With Missy Acker, CSPWC

An ONLINE illustrated presentation streamed live on Zoom

September 19, 2024, 7 pm Eastern

CSPWC Members and Associates FREE, Non-members $10

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Missy Acker is a wildlife artist specializing in birds, which are notorious for being inconsiderate live models. Armed with nothing but a point-and-shoot camera, she learned various tips and strategies for taking her own reference photos, and then using those photos to inform her studio work.

The strategies Missy will share are applicable to all subjects, from wildlife to still-life. Using her own photos and artwork as examples, Missy will discuss her process from start to finish, including: angles to consider while taking photos in the field, selecting suitable photos to work from and how to make best use of them in the studio.

Missy will take us from shooting the photo to making the art.

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A recording of the demonstration will be available to ticket-holders until November 30, 2024. Tickets must be purchased in advance to be able to access the recording.

Please note this presentation starts at 7:00 pm Eastern time and will run for approximately 1-1.5 hours.  If you live in another time zone, please adjust your time accordingly. 

Equipment needed for the workshop:

You will need a robust internet connection to watch this demonstration, and a notebook in case you want to take notes.

About Missy Acker, CSPWC, SAA

Missy Acker is a wildlife artist specializing in birds, which are notorious for being inconsiderate live models. Armed with nothing but a point-and-shoot camera, she learned various tips and strategies for taking her own reference photos, and then using those photos to inform her studio work.

Here is another of Missy’s stunning watercolours. Sign up to learn how she makes use of reference photos to make these paintings!

Watercolour painting of a vulture
Watercolour by Missy Acker, CSPWC