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Two more Sargent studies.
I like the first one because it's extreme economy in brush strokes and overall very light tones. Emphasis is put on the focal point using very dark shadows. I tried Painter's real oil brushes for this one.
The second one is also very light in tone, but more elaborate. There's rhythm in shapes of the columns and emphasis with color contrast on the focal point. The shape of the robe and geometry of the floor and carpet have a lot of variety. With rhythm in the robes. I find this one really fascinating.
This one by Bouguereau. The painting has repetition with the V-shapes of the wings and rhythm in the billowing clouds. The focal point in surrounded by black which contrasts with the bright skin of the dead woman carried by the angels.
I spent way too much time with this one this sunday. Probably around 2-3 hours. Didn't really track the time.
This next master study is of a Mucha painting. The thing that draw me to this painting was it's strong feeling of despair, desolation and loneliness. The old lady is alone in the night in the wilderness with the moonlight illuminating her. When you look closely you can spot the wolves on top of the mound on the left.
There's a strong focus on the lady with the strong light and details on her and on the snow around her. The wolves are emphasized much more subtly, with the light on top of the mound and shining eyes. The small dark shape behind the woman vanishing into the distance create a sense of continuity and hint on the long way she has walked in the wilderness.
The next one is again a study of a Bouguereau painting. I love the flowing fabric and the soft light shape of the woman contrasting with it. This one has a lot of variety and I think rhythm and repetition in the fabric and the waves.
I just finished this, but decided to upload it right now to get it over with I should probably wait till tomorrow and fix some mistakes with fresh eyes...
Spent something like 2,5 - 3 hours with this one... but I wanted to do it right.
excellent work. these are really coming along. keep focused on edge accuracy, and the gradiations that happen as edges roll around forms and back into space. at this point the main issues to focus on are in the subtle things... your general block ins are fabulous.
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Yay! The last one!
This is a painting by Rembrant. I love the darkness of the portrait with the spectacular helmet! It's amazing in colors.
Rembrant utilizes economy with the clothing of the soldier barely hinted on with minimal details. The emphasis is on the helmet and secondarily on the face. There's a lot of value contrast and detail on the helmet.
With this one I used several different brushes to try to recreate the amazing brush marks by Rembrant. Also many different paper textures are used in Painter. In general these studies have enabled me to expand my brush arsenal a lot.
wow Tomas, and you are self taught? amazing talent.
Woo you're done! Great work, congratulations. All of your studies are really good, I can't find much to critique. #20 is gorgeous.
For being relatively new to painting, you're doing really well - can't wait to see what you come up with after a few more months of practice!
...and I just submitted my color & light 1.1. After fixing it based on the comments, I'm off doing the level 1 of Level Up. Thanks a lot for the kind words! Your work is great. I really liked your self portrait. You're working on Painter too?
Thanks! I'm glad you like my stuff. I've been using photoshop for the levelup work and most of my recent stuff because I just got it a few months ago and am trying to learn it. All my old work is in Painter though, and I'll probably use the two interchangeably once I get the hang of PS. I just haven't found anything in PS that rivals the chalk brushes in painter. Under-appreciated program, imo.
Have fun trekking through the paid content! I'm looking forward to getting to color. Slowly but surely.
Painter isn't as polished and slick and for example doesn't have the warp tool. For Purely Painting it feels better. I think especially blending is a lot easier in Painter. My favorites are the oil pastels. They're great for painting and blending at the same time.
Beautiful studies and a great comp. 1.1 journey. I think you compensated the lack of PS texture brushes with Painter´s paper/oil brushes. The last 5 studies were really great, especially how you tackled the lightest values in the two Sargent ones. Great stuff!
You finished \o/ Well done buddy, some really great work! See you in the next assignments