Hi Kono, I was not talking about the detail of the eyes, but rather getting in the overall shadow shape to be the correct size. Yours are actually probably too detailed in #4 and #6. You are making the shadow shapes too small.
When I was browsing the online gallery at wikipaintings, this one painting of Edward Hopper (Summertime) really jumped out, so I decided to use it for a study. It has all the elements. Rhythm in lines. Emphasis, a person (soft round lines) amidst a architectural background. Variety in clothes and curtains against brick and mortar. Economy in using white for the brightest lit areas. Repetition and continuity, the spacing between tiles. Balance in the woman standing in the middle.
I was experimenting with brushes and measuring methods so it took me waay more than one hour (+2 or so) to finish it. For the building I used a 100 x 100 reference grid. For the person a 20 x 20 grid on a separate layer. Pastel, hard square brushes and the eraser were used.
Another John Singer Sargent study.........I thought to study more portraits
The main observation would be emphasis on the face but all other elements are in it too. I like the colors in the original painting which reminds of the region (likely a country with deserts) the person is from. Another observation is that after looking at the painting for some time, the nose and mouth seem to be in a different perspective but, it could just be me.
Spent a good hour on the face, one hour on the clothes and another hour on (finding a brush for) the background.
Wow, great job Kono! I had to look for a while to figure out which one was yours (I guess the one without the signature). You've come a long way fast!!
Im not sure about the perspective on the nose/mouth though - actually in your copy they seem to be facing straight at the viewer, but in the original the face is in 3/4s view. Well, not quite a full 3/4, but turned a little anyway. Looking at the hood you can see a bit of the side of the head, so you should be seeing the side of the nose a little too. It's very subtle though, took a while for me to notice it.
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agreed. great job. I too had to do a double take on the last two to see the original and that is exactly the type of progress that makes me happy about what we are all doing here. keep up the inspiration and keep working on getting those values as accurately as you can. great work.
The next painting was chosen because it really popped out of a random list of paintings and I wanted to do something with landscapes and architecture. There's variety and balance in shapes; the buildings vs the hill but I found the use of colors and lighting in the original painting most attractive.
Just some notes: I'm lacking texture skills. It helped to work with a varying grid for determining shapes, a larger one for the general shapes and a finer grid for details of the Parthenon. I used one brush only, soft oil pastel.
good job again! the road is a little too bright, and there's some highlights on your fortified wall left that I dont see in the original. thats all though..
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Retouch of the Ingres study. I'm not sure if it's right this time.
And here's another Bouguereau study. I was attracted by the elegant subject, the applied lighting and the mixed use of hard and soft lines. Again, all the design principles can be found; rythm in the lines of the young female, variety in the landscape vs a human being, economy in the background, repetition in curves, balanced around the center..