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February 9th, 2014 #1
W!L - Composition 1.1
Here is my first study. I chose Frazetta because I love the movement in his work. and his use of light and shadow.
not sure what I learnt to be honest. I was just concentrating on trying to capture the light and shadow within the 30 min time limit. I just found this very challenging to do within 30 mins which is what I am going to restrict myself to.
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SECOND STUDY, MAXFIELD PARRISH. The lantern bearers. This is one of my fave paintings ever. i noticed how each element in the picture has its own tone. the figures are as one all same muted tone only their hair being the darkest tone in the picture. again found this very hard due to all the figures in the painting and wihitn the time limit.
February 10th, 2014 #3
nice work with your values. Try going through these two and adjusting edges to match, sharps and softs, with the original piece. That will bump them a lot closer and up the quality of the studies.
February 10th, 2014 #4
February 10th, 2014 #5
Here is my third study. I drew rough drawing first so the edges wuld be better and tried the best i could within the time limit
this is norman rockwells the problem we all live with... a brilliant double meaning title. I liked the empasis on the little girl, her dark skin which is the darkest tone in the piece contrasting with her white dress, with almost no contrast in it. interestingly the tomato which has been thrown against the wall and dropped to te floor is almost lost in black and white but is a striking part of the painting in colour which just goes to show what colour can add to a piece without a difference in tone.
February 11th, 2014 #6
It is...you can spend 30 mins or even an hour...or more. however, if you simply take the extra half second to choose a sharp or soft edge brush for a given area in the image, you will find that you can work in edge control, shape control, and value control all at the same time. It sounds like a lot, and you can break them into phases if you want. 5 minutes of cleaning up edges will go a long ways on a short study like this. However these are the three main things you will be juggling and once you can do them all at the same time intuitively, then you will see your work improve a lot. keep up the great work.
February 15th, 2014 #7
hi here is johannes vermers girl with a pearl earing.
I spent an hour and a half on this and tried to copy most of the details as best as i could while getting the tones right. I hope this is closer to what you want from this assignment jason.
. I found it very challenging to get the face right . it seems simple at first but the angle of the head is very subtle tilted and it took a few drawings to get it looking similiar to the painting. theeye closest to us I can now see is too far right. and perhaps the face and certain other aspects are slightly to wide. I did zoom way out ever now and then to check but i only just noticed this now i am seeing it uploaded. the focus could have been made better on the face to but i think the tones are correct and i tried to get the subtle reflctive light from her pearl earring to her cheek.
Now i have studied this painting in detail i thinkt the light is really really nice in this painting. love the subtle flick of the side of the mouth with makes her expression what it is.
Last edited by W!L; February 15th, 2014 at 06:25 AM.
February 15th, 2014 #8
My fifth is the worlds most famous painting. 1 hour and 30 mins roughly. I started by zooming way out so the image was tiny which i found was much easier to accuractly place the elements.
The subtly of the light is really hard to capture. I noticed that the brightest tone is in fact round the cleavage area. while the hands are sharp compared to the rest of the image. the bottom of the image is lost in shadow and her arms are placed in a circular shape to lead you bck up to her face. t
February 15th, 2014 #9
Searching edgar degars work this painting appealled to me. he has made the square composition work with his use of circular shapes and curves in the image. nothing is straight or at right angles. I didnt feel like i was painting in this one due to his use of marks. It almost felt like cross hatching and i felt like i was drawing to make the image.
this took 1 hour
February 16th, 2014 #10
February 16th, 2014 #11
The most recent Parrish image is right on track for the short time frame studies. Looking back, when I see the mona lisa, I think of that soft smooth value transition quality that he has in that work and your study seems just a little heavy handed. The same issue is arising in the vermeer...the brush strokes are more roughly applied. This needs to be something you resolve with softer brushes after you get it mapped in accurately. The Degas is a piece that is very much about the surface and texture so brushes that mimic that more will help capture the atmosphere, edge qualities, and surface that Degas is working with.
Keep up the nice work and keep working to match edges, values and shapes. You are making progress with each one.
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February 17th, 2014 #13
Hi. here is my eight. The more i studies this the more i found it to be stunning. the sharpest part of the image is around her breasts and face while the table and rest of the image are more blurry. I am very pleased with how i painted the table. however wrking so small it was hard to capture the face well and i know its a little burry compared to sargents.
this took 1 hour and 30 mins. I tried to use mixed brushed and textures and i think it turned out quite well.
February 17th, 2014 #14
These are coming along nicely, W!L. Nice use of the textured brushes in #8. I have a feeling you will take to textured brushes quickly. I think you could have cleaned up the bust line of her gown. It looks like you were working on the value of her left breast with a soft brush and left part of that on the dress, where it doesn't belong. It's kind of nit-picky, but like you pointed out, it's one of the main focal points of the painting and it could have used a little love.
I like how you talked about appreciating the painting more as you worked on it. I really sort of fall in love with most of the paintings I've been doing studies of. They crack at my cold, jaded heart.
How are you feeling now that you are devoting more time to each painting?
February 17th, 2014 #15
Number 9. This took 1 hour which I am pleased about. Another Sargent after falling in love with my first. Love his realistic yet lively and energetic paintings. I think I have captured this one well. some things are off but it works well. I think the texture is closer to original?
love this piece. the use of light is really nice. your guided round the piece by reflective light from the balcony in the background. the main woman's head is turned to look at the viewer but its not quite the focal point an feels like I have been viewing the balcony and looking round to find her glancing at me. or perhaps she has caught me looking at her.
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