Greetings! This is my first post here after lurking for several years. Thanks for all the inspiration!
I'm primarily a 3D artist, but have gotten to the point where I feel revisiting foundation art skills will be the best way to push all my art further.
I started with Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt for the movement the painting evokes.
-Rembrandt creates emphasis and force through high value in the crashing waves next to the dark values of the sea and boat. (Contrast!)
-My observation of value was off by varying degrees depending on neighboring values. A principle I'm familiar with, but experienced quite a bit in this study.
-Balance is maintained with small, strategically placed high value hits through the boat and on the right of the frame.
-Rhythm: Slow beats in the dark waves and clouds. Medium tempo in the linear structure of the mast and cables. High tempo with the figures in the boat. Contour notes in the broken cable, sail and boat.
-Sometimes you need to use a pure black or pure white.
This was a challenging piece. I see a lot of errors looking at it now, but am curious to hear any feedback. I think I may choose a portrait or something more focused for the next one.
I used a 4x4 grid to block the composition. Is this cheating or against the spirit of the studies?
Thanks in advance for any feedback, input or advice.