Hi to all!
Thank you so much for this wonderful initiative! I've learned so much from the video, and I hope I will be able to apply those precious hints properly in my next works.
For my first image, I've chosen the wonderful painting Venetian Interior from John singer Sargent.
In this piece Sargent gives more emphasys to the figures in the foreground, you can see it from the bigger amount of detail on them and also for the more contrast on the value he used in them. Indeed, you can see that in those two figures we can find the darkest areas in the overall image, as well as some of the lighter highlighs.
The overall piece is well balanced, compensating these two figures on the center/left of the image, with a source of light coming from the center/right. You can see economy, the overall piece, except for the two people standing in the foreground, has a wonderful loosy and sketchy look, and you can clearly see the brushstrokes. I love how Sargent can achieve this effect so masterfully. You can also see variety, for example on the position of canvases on the walls, or on the folds in the dresses.
If someone can be interested I also posted the video of the drawing process here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv-M9iNDXtE.