I've tried to get into art many times. This usually doesn't get any further than doing a few hours of head studies before stopping for a few months. I'm hoping by following a course I can have a bit more direction in my learning. I've already completed a few paintings as I wanted to make sure I was going to stick to it. So here goes!
1 - Rembrandt (1 hour)
I really liked the detail on the face compared to the very plain clothes. It draws you in.
2 - Velasquez (1h 15mins)
The composition on this piece is really cool. I found myself looking from each hand to the face. These are really high contrast areas with dark backgrounds. It was a lot harder to copy than the Rembrandt, I struggled a lot with the cloak.
3 - Van Dyck (50 mins)
I wanted to try a study out and liked the guys expression. The sparsely drawn hair compared to the detailed face really draws you in, similar to the Rembrandt. This was my first time using a new tablet and I found it quite difficult, especially trying to emulate the hair. I find myself getting lost in the details.
4 - Van Dyck again (1h 40mins)
Found myself sampling my own work for colours a lot more and I think it really helped to make it look more consistent. I also started to use some other brushes and broke away from the solid circle brush which helped to give it a more natural feel. I made better use of the navigator too which helped me keep track of the whole piece.
I'm not sure whether I should be using a palette or not? I usually just wing the colours as best I can.
Any advice/critique is extremely welcome!