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Heres my first attempt....
Bernini is my fav masters and I always love the rythme that he achieves in his sculptures, My observation about this bust is that he uses cloth wrinkles very well to repeat rhythms. there are contrasting shapes in the collar and the cloth wrinkles which also leads to emphasize the locket. I will take up a more challenging masters painting to learn more for my next assignment.
I am way out of practice
I love that you painted a bust! The forms are gorgeous.
I think you did an excellent job capturing the overall image--proportion and space are good. I would challenge you to use a wider variety of values next time. The face, especially, has a wider range in the original.
I would also challenge you to really look at the rhythm of the lines, and how the curves all work together fluidly. You have the general placement down, but for instance if you look at the underside of the collar in the original, it's almost the same curve as the shoulders. This repetition of line/shape is what makes the original bust so fluid and consistent and beautiful. Try capturing that in your study too!
take another 5 mins to adjust the values. yours has less obvious light and middle and dark shapes and less contrast. cool piece. keep it up!
Thanks for the inputs, so many things that i didnt think of...I went ahead and did a 2nd one is it ok to spend more than a hour on every exercise?
for the 2nd one i noticed how rhythm is maintained in the elements of cloth, economy in the cloth rendering, the balance achieved by inclining the body and head in opposite directions
Keep an eye on those values. There is an atmospheric quality to those masterpieces, especially the rembrandt where edges begin to get lost when values of the background and figure start to get close together. notice the left side for example. keep it up. You can get this!
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