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Spanish Dancer by John Singer Sargent.
I chose this image because of the the unique edges Sargent used for the flowing fabric. I noticed that he uses a combination of soft and hard edges to create the negative spaces in her clothing. I found that I tend to have trouble starting and then I get wrapped up in details. It was hard to force myself to stop at 1 hour, there were so many hard and soft edges that I feel need to be corrected.
You're off to a great start. The values look really close to me, and you've really got the shapes down.
Agreed. Nice work. For a first study you are well on your way. I could nitpick details and edges but for the quick studies, this is pretty on target. i look forward to the next update.
The Kiss by Francesco Hayez
The one thing that most interested me was how value was used to create several different textures. Including the man's clothes, which look like a rough cloth, the woman's, which look velvety, and the wall and floor which are made of stone. I like the composition, the two people kissing are made into a single mass to show how close they really are.
Madame X by John Singer Sargent
I love Sargent, the way he paints people is so emotive. I like the simplicity of the dress, and how there isn't a well defined spot where it ends. It just blends into the background shadows. I also like her unique posture and the placement of her hand on the table.
Also, thank you both for the nice comments. It's great to get compliments from talented people.
Excellent. Other than your M X being a little contrasty in comparison, these are well on their way. Keep a close eye on the forms you are modeling. At this point it is clear you know what to do and are going to continue to learn from the secrets these paintings hold. keep it up!
Thanks Jason, I feel like I am already more comfortable with value. Have you ever heard of Sycra's Value Game?
yeah...that's something we are purposely but inadvertently playing with when doing these...it's a fine exercise.
I don't know who did this painting.... If anyone could tell me, that would be great.
I really liked the lost and found contours in this, specifically his sword. The symbol on his chest makes a really impressive contrast.
Hi there, these are really well done! That's a cool painting you picked for the last one (sorry, I don't know the artist either). You might want to double check your proportions, though - the man's shoulder/left arm is thicker in the original than in yours.
Thanks Dahlia, yeah I noticed that right after posting it. I think I'll leave it alone, I'm pretty happy with how the rest of it turned out.
Super work you have here. Came across the painting whilst doing research, 'Portrait of a Knight of Malta' by Caravaggio.
nice work. You are just a wee bit contrasty in yours, so the values are standing out on the face and the costume seems a tiny bit dark. Watch those values!!!
Keep it up!