Hi, hola! My name is Martín López, english is not my first language but I will keep my mistakes to a minimum. I've never participatd in a forum but here I go. Let's get started.
I suppose practice is the answer to this but, is there a way to measure value? Any recomended readings? I noticed her dress could use a little more contrast and her face as well.
Artist: Jean Beraud, 1849-1935, France.
This piece makes excelent use of emphasis. The diference in value establishes the focus of the picture. This is reinforced by the attention to detail to the figure in contrast to the background. The rhythms in the dress set a route that starts in the skirt and ends with the face and hands. I really liked her pose and it was a lot of fun to decipher the insides of something that looks so simple but very powerfull at the same time.
Last edited by michin; February 19th, 2014 at 01:44 PM.
The reflection on the water (the white blob on the left) along with the figure makes this a balanced piece. The economy of strokes makes for a clean reading of the picture however, that doesn't stop this piece from being a challenge. Really dig the choices he made for each stroke and how they create flowers or fabric.
Excellent work on the second one. it is much closer. The first has a bit more contrast on the couch and could use some more attention paid to the edges and atmosphere. The second one is on point. Keep it up!
I spent some time without knowing anything about this picture (thank you internet). The stairs can throw you off a little bit. It took about an hour to paint and I felt that it was more difficult than the previous two. I tried to keep my focus on the big shapes but is hard to resist to the perspective in the stairs. Before I knew it the alarm rang and I haven't even started with the figure by the fireplace. I'll try to stay within 50 minutes so I can move on and make more studies.
"Philosopher in Meditation" 1632
Now for the obervations, I decided to use the same method as Nikita Replyanski. The way she has presented her pieces and observations has been top notch.
50 min. Yep, it took me that long just get to this point. Just dropped the stylus and went into the observations. I'm sure doing two a day will be a good start. The multiple figures were a challenge, it made me lose my focus.
The rising of Lazarus
All figures except one are all looking at Lazarus, that could be seen as repetition. There is a nice balance of contrast between the living and Lazarus. I haven't said anything about continuity before, but if had to guess, I would say that the arrangement used for the figures on the left give a "big shape" feeling. Starting with the kneeling one in the bottom and ending with Jesus hand. Lastly I picked this arrangement between the three points in red. They are all high contrast areas and create emphasis. Economy can be seen in the atention to the faces and clothing against the scenary.
Try to not see them as figures. If that happens flip both images upside down and work on them that way. focus on your shapes, values and edges. nice start. Watch out for things like the white band you have going around the left side of the figure group. That does not occur in the original. Keep up the good work.
5. William Merrit Chase, Girl in Japanese costume - study
I followed Jason's advice and focused on edges, shapes and values. I'm a little upset that I did not had enough time for the face. This piece feels to me that is all about her expression and I barely got an indication of a face.
William Merrit Chase
Girl in Japanese costume
I see variety in the strokes used for her dress. Economy on her hair and ear. I like how the fold on her left shouder guides my view towards her face. There is a nice balance between the detail on her face and the broad strokes of the dress.
The standing figure overlapping with the leaning one gives balance to the piece. He clearly wanted to make the standing figure the main subject with the contrast. There is also variety in the poses of each fgure.
Last edited by michin; February 21st, 2014 at 11:19 PM.
A lot of mistakes in this one, but I felt more confident.
I like how the economy on the dark background behind his face really pulls him to the front, good use of economy. His Hands and face are given a good deal of emphasis. The division in the backgrounds gives balance. I also notices how the light is coming from the right to the left but the background is inverse to this.
You are doing a great job with your values and even with a lot of your edges. The biggest area that i think you can focus on is with your mapping out of shapes. They are all very close but like 95 percent close...and that extra 5 percent is what needs double checking and triple checking as you work, by flipping the image vertically and horizontally (both your image and the original). If you do, you will see what I mean. Keep up the great progress.