I've chosen Repin Since I like his work; moreover, I chosen one of the portrait since I love the focus point being the face.
I went more the limit of the max 1 hour assignment, it was more like 1:45hr.
Nice start. Keep a very close eye on your values. Your background is much lighter and it is making the atmosphere seem a little off. Once you get your values right go in and double check your edges.
keep it up!!
Thanks I see it now
Testing monitor settings too for some reason the brightness was at full.
I'm trying to block in the composition while trying to keep the 30 minutes to 1 hour range.
you are on the right track. keep a very close eye on all your shapes and placement of those shapes in the next studies you do. we need to work on your shape accuracy. flipping the images horizontally and vertically throughout the process will help. gotta keep fresh eyes. if you are doing that already, do it even more. it will help you seeing things as just abstract shapes instead of seeing something as a face or the like.
keep up the great work. thanks for showing your process too...you are handling that well...just need to focus on getting those shapes more accurate.
keep it up
hi flash! great to see you here! I dont think there's such a thing as second guessing yourself too much... draw once, measure twice and all that. I think you could use a simple grid for the beginning stages too. you know, just a mid-line and half-way line. cross. and keep an eye on your -what's he word...- rest-values. the shapes outside your figure; the holes as so to speak. getting them right is usually easier then getting the actual face and such.
I believe the term you're looking for is negative shapes? And it's true - paying attention to them is very important. It's funny how everybody starts off trying to stick to the recommended timeframe and then a few thumbnails later they're taking a few hours on each one. I'm at 4 hours now on my latest and no end in sight yet - I hope to finish it by 6 hours. And hopefully at some point I'll be able to find an approach to make me able to get faster at it and still make it look good.
"Figure drawing prepares you for painting at a high level" - Jeff Watts
Yeah, the first ones you try to do them in an hour, but then you've take your time.
First pass in painting
Gotta check and fix the left side. 30 min.
By the way I'm using Krita since my Painter trail ended a long time ago.
Ok great to see where you are at. When you are first getting started it is very important to really focus in on the mapping out of your shapes as accurately as you can possibly get them. If you put a shape in the wrong place and commit you end up having the other shapes off and require fixing, which increases painting time. By taking just a few extra minutes early on to measure out your shapes, to compare your shapes, and be sure they are placed and drawn accurately will make the rest of the painting process, working out your values and edges, much much easier. Be extra sure that the shape you put down is the right value too.
I should remind you to flip the images horizontally and vertically so that you see the shapes with fresh eyes. This should be part of the process and if you are already doing that, keep doing it more. The professional artists will often flip images or use a mirror to see with fresh eyes as many as three or four times a minute as they are working when things really get flowing. You can also back away...actually get up and back away...and doing this works for shapes as well as checking values and edges.
Keep up the good work. you will get this.
keep pushing those values and shapes closer...you are on the right track here. just keep pushing. I am glad some of the thoughts shared are helping. keep up the good work.
looking good, progress wise...your lightest light shape is a bit bigger than the original. keep a close eye on your values and you will get this down well. keep it up.
you flash; it's looking good. you need to get rid of those whites though. if I'm not mistaken, the only true white in this image is in the old man's shoe. I say just use brightness/contrast to darken the whole thing up, then add that little white to the shoe and continue. having the wrong pure whites in your image make getting values down such a drag, really
Well, try to forget they are ballet dresses.. They are just areas of light-ish paint, grainy surface and soft fuzzy edges where light is low, sharp edges where the light is strong. When your brain tells you are making a ballet dress, remember that is just the illusion conveyed by the painting. Then try to really look at what there really is.
Anyway, your values are bit too bright and sharp edged. Try a soft brush on the floor to blend the values a bit. Adjusting brush opacity down to 10-15% for the blending might help too.
agreed with sam.
a soft edged brush with a grainy edge...set to low opacity...so you can kind of build it up...will solve it.
Funny thing is that I've didn't notice the little dog or gardening jar in the left corner:
Note to self should at least work on the instructor and foreground dancer faces.
Last edited by Flashback; May 1st, 2014 at 10:46 AM.
keep going...you are on the right track. yes the more you look the more you see. these folks are sublime that is for sure.