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Hey! Thank you for starting this workshop. I love the assignments.
I chose Rembrandt for my first assignment because of I like the atmospheric single source lighting and the way he leads the eye with the elements of the painting.
I have noticed that he leads the eye using the subjects' eyes (arrows) and the lighting (red circle).
I will post updates when I have more.
Great start. your observation about their heads/eyes is spot on. Keep working on your value and drawing accuracy.
Thank you for the comments. I will try to work on my acuracy.
Francisco Goya - Saturn Devouring his Son
This time I chose to do Goya's Saturn because I found it a very powerful painting. What I noticed the most in the painting was the use of economy and emphasis. I found these in the contrast between the dark and simple background and large part of Saturn's body, and the detailed face bright eyes and lit and detailed body of the son.
I will post more studies tomorrow when they are more presentable.
cool. this one looks like it has a bit more contrast on the shadow system. keep an eye on those values! nice drawing though.
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Vermeer
I chose this piece because I found the contrast of the piece compelling. It can be found everywhere - between the light tones of the girls face and the dark background, between the specularity of the earring that is emphasized and the matte materials of the rest of the painting and in the balance between the simple mass light shapes and the more detatiled mass shadow (such as the stitching on ehr clothes.
Last edited by Shkamp; February 18th, 2014 at 07:41 PM.
Here are a few more studies. I will comment them when I am less tired.
Very nice work on getting these mapped out. Double check those values...both the darks and th lights. you will find some differences if you do. Some nice texture suggestion happening too. Keep it up!
Thanks! I will work on getting the values right.
Lady of Shalott - Waterhouse
The things that I notice most about this painting are the variety and repetition of the vegertation and the strong value contrast that is used to emphasize the lady. Another thing I notice is the balance that is created by the bright values of the lady in the foreground and the sky in the background.
Samson and Delilah - Rubens
Here the focus of the painting is emphasized by the lighting. Rythm and variety and repetition can be noticed in the drapery which along with the eyes leads the eye toward the focus. The gestures of the secondary characters give a sense of movement. There is an asymmetrical balance between the characters in the foreground and those in the background. Economy can be noticed both in the lighting as in the distribuion of detail.
Landscape with an Obelisk - Flinck
What I noticed the most about tis painting is the flow of all the elements toward the obelisk. Another thing that catches the eye is the strong value contrast on the obelisk as opposed to the rest of the painting. The asymmetrycal balance between the obelisk and the tree is also very pronounced.
You are getting closer..your shapes need to be an extra bit more accurate though. Please slow down and double and triple check your shapes and you will get that much closer and the quality will bump up a lot. Flip the images horizontally and vertically and double and triple check your positive and negative shapes.
keep up the great work. If we can get your shapes more accurate these are really going to pay off.
Thanks! On this one I slowed down quite a bit and did a lot of double checking.
The Voice II - Tooker
Really nice. much improvement. Watch those edges!! Your edges can be a little overly hard sometimes, like on the faces for example. Maybe introduce a bit more of a soft edge airbrush at a low opacity to bring values together. Keep up the great work.
Thanks! I will pay more attention to the edges in the future.
A Street in Venice - Sargent
I really like how the one point perspective and lighting lead the eye in this piece.
Old Lady Frying Eggs - Velasquez
The thing I notice most about this piece is the rythm and movement the pots and pans create.
Last edited by Shkamp; March 3rd, 2014 at 12:40 PM.
big improvement! Great job. Just more at this point. You are officially on the right track.
Wow! Thanks a lot! I'll post more soon.
Spanish Dancer at the Moulin Rouge - Boldini
I love how the focal point is rendered, while the rest of the painting is done with loose strokes to give it a really strong sense of movement and rhythm.
awesome job. if you made a two minute pass on shapes/edges and hit the big shapes that are currently softer or more blurry so the big shapes matched this would be absolutely on target for where you need to be. keep up the great work!
Thanks! I will try to fix the edges.
Dante and Virgil in Hell - Bougereau
I couldn't get this one quite as I wanted, since I was working on my laptop and I really struggled with controlling my strokes and working on a small monitor. I love how the spiral composition accents the fighters' motion and how that contrasts with Dante and Virgil's still vertical figures.
the main differences i see at this point are the edges on the dark shapes between their legs, the contrast of the values on the shapes on the cloth, and the dark sharp shape that makes for the bottom figure's hair in the original.
this is awesome...keep it up!
A Roman Slave Market - Gerome
What I find striking about this piece is how the lighting and rythm of the piece are used to give a sense of disconnection between the woman and the audience and a general sense of unease.
Ends of the Earth - Fini
Here I notice how the trianuglar composition and the girl's blank stare make for a very calm, detached mood.
Lake Lucerne - Bierstadt
For this one I tried to keep to the 1 hour timelimit. I love how the use of value and color to that gives a sense of depth.
The Persistence of Memory - Dali
The traits I notice the most about this piece are the repetition and variety of the clocks. Moreover the use of economy emphasises the focal points.
right when i am about to say you really need to keep a very close eye on your edges you come in and nail that dali so closely that i don't even have that thought. You are on the right track. Now that you showed you can nail all your edges, be sure that is the case with the ones in the future.
crit wise...the little clock in the lower left is not quite as round as the original and the hanging clock is dangling a little more to the right...but both are just nitpicks...great study.
Evening Mood - Bouguereau
As you said I tried to take care of my edges. I love how the darkparts of this painting are have a a lot of texture to balance against the plain high-value parts. Also I find that the pose and the flow of drapery convey a sense of lightness.
very nice work. i think you can get your values even closer on the bouguereau, like on the thigh that is exposed, you have a little more light along the right side of the form, so it flattens a little. you kind of have to squint to see it as your edges are so nicely handled.
Thanks, I see what you mean about the values I'll try to fix them.
Seaport - Lorrain
Finally, Number 20! It turned ou a bit of a mess, but I already spent way too much time on it. Anyway it really like how the classical composition gives a sense of peacefulness despite all the bustle in the port.
great job. nailed it. on to the next. keep up the good work.