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    Rosesor - Composition 1.1

    Hello.
    Here are the studies I have done so far.

    1. Waterhouse
    The woman in this painting is emphasized by being the brightest thing. She is also placed in front of a dark background, creating contrast and emphasizing her even more.
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    2. Friedrich
    This is a good example of economy. Most of the composition is just empty sky and this really helps to set the mood. There are some nice wavy rhythms in the trees and rocks that also contribute to the mood of this piece, which is very calm.
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    3. Church
    There is a circular swirling motion to the clouds and trees that draws the eye around this piece. The horizontal cloud in the middle is an interesting break from that motion. I am intrigued by the way this piece resembles an ocean scene, even though it actually takes place up in the clouds. That cloud on the left looks a lot like a wave.
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    4. Dore
    The horse and rider are the darkest part of the picture and are touching the lightest part, creating emphasis. However, they and everything else are pointing at that figure at the top of the ship, creating another emphasis.
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    5. Hiroshige
    There is a lot of repetition in this picture, but also plenty of variety. Similar shapes are used throughout but they are never exactly the same.
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    6. Beksinski
    The wind in this piece creates a circle that keeps your eyes moving. The focal point, the horse and rider, contains the most contrast and detail.
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    great job with both values and shapes. Your edges need care to get these studies to level up. Go in and double check all your sharp and soft edges in the masterwork and be sure the edge play in your copy is the same. Reupload them at that point.

    keep it up.


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    Thanks Jason! I went through and tried to make the edges the same. I think it really helped. Now I'll start some new ones and try to get the edges right the first time.
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    7. Beksinski
    This picture has a lot of economy. The hand is the only part that has much detail. Some parts of the face and clothes fade right into the background.
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    8. Pyle
    There are a lot of diagonals in this piece which makes it seem more dynamic and emphasizes the power of the waves.
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    9. Wyeth
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    Great job. Two things...you are not observing your edges closely and it is leading to blurry images. Watch for that. Use a sharper brush as you get close to the end. Also, try using a textured brush when you are dealing with images where surface and texture are so important to the artist.

    Keep it up!


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    Thanks Jason! I'll try to choose my brushes more carefully.

    10. Waterhouse
    This one has a really nice flow to it. Her clothes keep leading me around the picture and back to her face.
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    11. Velazquez
    Another one with good economy. The face has the most detail and the lines in the clothing mostly lead back up to the face.
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    These are quite good. nice work. when doing portraits you will want to have as a separate pass something i would call "the linkeness pass". check your shapes and edges, but pay close attention to the mood and feel of the portrait. your velasquez study is very nice and if you check the personality and expression being projected you can check yours to see if it feels the same. I hope that makes sense.

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    Thanks, it makes perfect sense. I checked and it seems mine looked more angry than the original.

    Does this look better or did I miss something?
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    On this one the face looks much more like the original. There's still something about the eyes, nose and his right cheek that's not quite right, but it's really good, don't get me wrong

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    Thanks for pointing that out. I think it looks closer now.

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    I'll try another portrait next to see if I've learned anything.

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    12. Rembrandt
    Economy! The clothes are painted loosely but the face is more detailed. The face also stands out because it is bright.
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    Huge improvement on the Velazquez!

    The Rembrandt is close, but notice the spacing between the eyes?
    Also one thing I think would be a big improvement is sharpening the edge of his hat - yours is very blurry compared to the original.

    But great job nonetheless.

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    yeah big improvement on the pereja piece....awesome. your values are just a hair off on the jacket of the rembrandt but that one is looking great. keep an eye on those values. you are making great progress.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I worked a little more on the Rembrandt.
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    13. Millais
    This painting is very balanced and almost symmetrical but with some differences. I like that most of the background is just brushstrokes except the two branches.
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    just a little bit sharper edges on the latest one...you are a hair soft...even doing a sharpen on the jacket may be enough. you are hint lighter than he is on the very bottom of the jacket and sleeve too..tiny bit. tiny thing here too but the hair in his feels a bit more wavy...it's a subtle shape thing.

    really though for this type of study this is awesome.


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    14. Rackham
    I noticed there is a really strong sense of movement in this one. The person on the left is moving to the right and the wind is blowing everything back to the left.
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    Okay, I took your advice for this one. I made it less soft but I wasn't really sure what you meant about the hair so I just tried to make it more like the original.
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    I also worked on this one some more.
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    excellent excellent work. no crits needed really. you are on the right track. the only thing that would make them improved is more time to keep polishing...but that will come in later assignments. keep up the great work.

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    Thanks, Jason! Here are some more.

    15. Church
    What stands out to me about this painting is the sense of scale. The person on the bridge looks tiny compared to the landscape. You can see the same kind of tree in the foreground and farther away, emphasizing how large this place is.
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    16. Bierstadt
    This painting seems to be taking the most dramatic parts of the landscape and putting them all together. It has a mountain, forest, lake, huge clouds, an animal, some rocks all within the frame. Combined they give an overall picture of what makes the area beautiful.
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    fabulous job with your shapes, values and edges. a little bit of a textured brush would get some of the surface in there, but overall these are coming along really great. keep it up.


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    Thanks for the feedback. I used some more texture in these ones.

    17. Bocklin
    I noticed this painting has more detail and contrast in the more interesting areas and less in the places you are not supposed to look, like the sky.
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    18. Whistler
    There is a line from the bottom of her dress that continues up her arm and ends at her face. Most of the contrast, detail, and hard edges are close to that line. The two darkest spots in the painting are at either end of the line.
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    19. Whistler
    This one has good economy. There is just enough to give you an idea of what's there and nothing more.
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    Wonderful progress with these! Loving your choices, as well. You've definitely
    pushed those edges and the results are very impressive. Great use of textured
    brushes as well. I noticed that nr. 17 & 18 could be slightly darker at the water
    reflection and floor respectively, but otherwise they're really great studies.
    One more to go!
    The key is to start doing. The rest falls into place eventually.

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    Thanks for commenting I was surprised at how helpful this assignment is. Now I just hope I can apply what I've learned to my own work.

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    Well, my tablet broke. Let's see how well I can do this without an undo button.

    20. Wyeth
    I see I made pretty much everything below the boat too light. the reflection is also too thin. One thing I noticed about the painting is that the two ends of the boat make a line that goes through the man's head, which draws your attention there.
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    Wow some nice pieces since my last visit, fantastic work and great progress!

    Great to see some traditional media The thing that catches my eye the most is actually the shape of the lilypads. They're probably not that important, but maybe they play a bigger part balancing the composition that one would think

    20 studies - well done

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    some transparent glazes to push down the values, like on the boat, and unify the atmosphere would be helpful on the most recent. the texture of the surface is keeping you from getting values as accurately as you could.

    keep pushing.

    j

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    Great work in here. The difference after the edge pass on the first batch of studies is truly remarkable. Makes me want to go back and revisit some of mine.

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    closer...you are still a little high key..notice how the figure silhouette does not stand out as cleanly. watch for that.

    nice progress too.

    jm

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