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    Ex-spectator Composition 1.1

    Really enjoying this thread. I am new to digital painting so I am pretty slow.

    Here is my first attempt.

    I chose George Caleb Bingham's "Fur traders descending the missouri" because of the the balance between the empty top half and busy bottom half and the balance of the reflection in the water and the cat in silhouette.

    After an hour it looked like this
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    and after an hour and a half it looked like this - I'm not sure if it has improved..
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    All comments are welcome.

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    Next, I chose this Van Gough because of the rhythm and movement in the sky and throughout the whole painting but I found it very tough and didn't make much progress. I think I should try something a little easier next time.

    Any suggestions?

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    Here is my next attempt. A John Singer Sargent. I was looking at the emphasis and focus on the eyes of the boy compared to the rest of the painting which is something I've not looked at in the past.

    The face took 2 or 3 goes to get to this stage which is where all the time went but I need to getting a better likeness.

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    I'm ignoring the 1 hour limit until i get used to it, take your time to get the shapes and values right, i heard that from the admin himself so i think it's alright if you do that. Once you get the general feel of it, zoom in a little and start adding more detail, then zoom in again and add even more small detail... That's why i think you don't see much difference in the first one when you spent one more hour on it. Also i suggest trying to do a study from a painting that has bigger and more clear value shapes, like a portrait maybe, that's easier for me, altough that might be different for you. Btw thanks for your comment in my thread ^^

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    watch your edges...especially look for the sharp edges in the original as you tend to go a little bit soft edged in quite a few places. treat it like a quality control pass at the end, before you upload. if you can get your edges to crisp up appropriately these will be one step closer to where they need to be.


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    I chose this Leyendecker portrait because I love the underlying shapes in his work that bring continuity to it.
    In this portrait for example, there is a line that starts between the bridge of his nose and his eye and comes down towards his cheek and curls up the side of his head through his hair. There are loads of these throughout all Leyendecker's pictures.

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    My initial drawing could have been better and as I worked through it I found I was fighting against it but hopefully it isn't to distracting.

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    hi expectator; your older stuff looks good, but the last one, you really need to get it the same size as the original. the proportions are off and the angle, but it's a lot harder to tell like this.

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    5. NC Wyeth

    I chose this Wyeth because of the repetitive horizontal lines down the whole painting and the symmetry between the horses head and the girls hair which I didn't see until I squinted to look at the values.

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    I spent longer on the initial layout in this one but I still need further focus on my edges I think.

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    this most recent one you did a great job with the shapes. your values are a bit more contrasting than the original though making yours seem llike it has a little bit different lighting conditions and values on the saddle and stuff. keep a close eye on your values and double check and triple check them before uploading. you can do this. keep up the good work.


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    Thanks for the the feedback.

    Here are a couple more pictures.

    6. De Zurbaran - St Francis kneeling
    I chose this because of the very strong distinction between the darks and light which balance well and the strong shapes are great.

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    7. Levitan - Moonlit night. A village.
    I came across Isaac Levitan the other day on Wikipaintings and I liked his stuff straight away. This painting has many different lines coming from the horizon creating balance and unity. The original focus is on the dark tree in the centre but you follow it down to the horizon and off in many directions, the repetition of the trees and their reflections is very nice as well.

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    great job with your shapes. you are pushing your values with too much contrast...ie your darks and lights are strong and you are increasing cnotrast where things are a little closer together value wise. keep working on getting your values laid in accurately ok? That lighting condition range you study in all these will sink in so be sure you are studying those values as closely as you can.

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    8. Sargent
    Another sargeant portrait. Hopefully my greys are closer together in this one.

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    nice start...love that painting. double check your shapes/edges and get the light light in there and this one will wrap up well.

    keep it up!

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