I don't really know what to say about this painting of Corot.
I like the economy in the sky. It creates a contraste with all the little detail in the city and emphasize the focal point of the piece.
The repetition of suggested detail with simple forms add a lot of rythm throughout the piece.
The forms are simple, lots of diffenret grey, it was a good first study for this challenge.
Last edited by Fincks; March 8th, 2014 at 12:39 PM.
Second one, from yesterday. I wanted to work on the economy of my brushwork.
I like the contrast on his clothe. It set a clear line between the head and the body.
There is the same grey value on his hair and his torso to emphasize the head.
Last edited by Fincks; March 9th, 2014 at 11:00 PM.
you are really close on these. watch your shapes, as yours have a bit more variation than we need to see, and flipping the images vertically and horizontally and checking shapes in your peripheral vision will help resolve the differences in positive and negative shapes. on the second image your light on the face is a little bit stronger and more high key than the original. the biggest area to focus on is your shape mapping early on. try to be as honest as you can be about those shapes.
@Jason : Thanks. I think I need to really take my time when I'm mapping the shapes. I made the same mistake in this one below, trying to be fast. I'll try to do it step by step next time, one layer or one group for foreground/middleground/background, something like this, that will help me process all the info without being overwhelmed.
About 1 hour, didn't want to go into detail, just placing the shapes but an extra 30min wouldn't hurt. I really struggle when there is a lot of information like in the rock zone, I don't know how to "start".
I really like the mood and the fact that the value in the foreground and in the sky are practically the same. The rocks lead the eye to the fisherman who stands out thanks to the dark shadow behind him. There is a high contraste in value and in texture between the left and right side of the canvas which actually lead my eyes automatically to the fishing rod.
Around 4h, it's lacking of some sharp edges.
Frazetta leads the eye to the focus of the piece with the trunk of the tree. He emphasizes the girl with the contrast of the light value of the moon and her hair. She really stands out thanks to the shading.
The eye is blocked by the dark values in the top right corner and the branches. If your eye follow her harm, it leads to the branch, that leads to the left side of the canvas, bringing us back to the girl thanks to the other trunk. (meeting the monkey on your way)
Last edited by Fincks; March 16th, 2014 at 09:36 PM.
A bit more than 1 hour.
More simple than the other ones. I tried to be effective and work in a small format.
I like the shading of this piece. The shadow in the foreground force the eye to look farther in the horizon which seems to be the ideal way to enjoy a landscape.
He uses the man, the trees on the right and the cows in the background to emphasize the depth of the landscape.
And does the same with light/dark outlines on the hills.
A bit more than 1 hour again, working in a small format. I might try a harder brush for the next one.
I think I should have detailed the house as it is the focus of the piece. I'm starting to understand how effective it can be to really render the focus of the piece and let the rest rough.
Again, a dark foreground that forces the eye to look further. The house is stuck between two dark values from both sides, and is emphasized by a ground lighter than everywhere else in the piece.
The tree next to her breaks the line we have by being taller than the other trees which give more focus to the house.
Another one from Thomas Cole.
Around 2h, trying to concentrate on the sharp edges. Thomas Cole paintings have usually a lot of sharpness and highlights, so they are very good exercise.
Some values might be a bit too light or too dark. I wanted to work on the shapes and the edges more than on the global feeling and the mood of the painting.
Last edited by Fincks; March 21st, 2014 at 02:29 PM.