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Hello everybody, i've been wanting to start doing this exercise for some weeks now but i didn't because i thought i wasn't ready, and because i usually leave things half done, hopefully i'll be diligent enough to make 20 studies or more, i really think i can imporve with this.
My first image is by John Singer Sargent, "Madame X", i chose this one because it's one of my favourite paintings, i love the profile of this woman, and i love the contrast between the dark dress and her pale skin.
I really struggled at the beggining trying to get the proportions right, first i made her too wide, then too tall... I managed to get them right by adding some crosshairs and finding guide points, like the point were the dress comes toguether at her cleavage creating a heart shape kinda, that point is right in the middle of the painting horizontally, finding that was really helpful. Later i just blocked in the biggest shapes and continued adding detail. I'm happy of how it came out altough i can see errors in the values, the background is lighter than it should be and her skin lacks some of the lightest parts, this was because i was copying from the screen of another device, the values looked different there. I'll try to find a better way to do the next study.
Also here's how i sketched out the values, sorry for the messy image
Also also, forgot to say that i'm ignoring the 1 hour limit time for now, i've read in some other threads that it doesn't matter first until you get used to it, when i can do this faster i'll try to meet the limit. It took me around 2 and half hours to do this probably, maybe 3 hours, i'm not sure.
I'm not really sure what is wrong with this one but it looks kinda weird to me, it looks wrong in general but... i don't know, i would like some critique on this one specially.
What i always loved about this painting is how subtly the pearl is painted, it consists of a highlight and a little reflective light that comes from the collar, and it stands out even more because it's surrounded by shadows, that was always pretty fascinating to me. I also like the balance of the values, there's a nice mix of very dark, very light and middle tones. I realized the rhythm that the edge of the lights have, apart from that it creates a line that moves your eye around the painting, the bandana thing helps to do that too.
I started doing this yesterday but didn't get to finish it, i finished it right now. It's morning here in my country btw xD
I like these, not sure what to say in terms of crits
Possibly the background on madame X a little too light,
The head of the girl with the pearl earring is a fraction too small and the chin should stick out a bit more.
agreed on the prior crit about the sargent. keep an eye on those values, and double check them all before uploading. the vermeer is looking great. a few accents on the head scarf where there are darks on the top and it will wrap up. keep up the good work. jm
I've been really lazy these days, i have no excuse
I chose this one because i like the contrast, and i like how nice the brush strokes are in his face, i tried to mimic that using a hard brush and more confident brush strokes, i definetly want that to reflect in my paintings.
Nice work. You are headed in the right direction. Your shapes and values are looking good. Be sure that you are keeping a close eye on your edges. Note where the sharpest sharpest sharps and softest soft edges are and use them as guideposts/landmarks for the rests of the edges in the image. Edges are important to space, form, and focal areas, so getting those in there will help the piece a lot. Once you do, you will see quality improve a lot.
Keep at it...you are going to do well with this.
I chose this one because i wanted to challenge myself, turned out wrong, i spent too much time on it and later i kinda forgot about it, but i'm gonna upload it now, it's not finished but it think it's enough. I tryed to keep my hard edges controlled and i think it turned out nicely. I like the continuty that the arms give and even tho it has a wide range of values, it's well balanced.
Nice study. You see value and shape well. Your edges are also coming along nicely. You have his head tilted at a more upright axis than the original and I would recommend not leaving the other woman's face blank. I do not expect these studies to be polished, although you may do so until you are content. Mainly I want to be sure that your shapes, values and edges are being handled very well and your compositional knowledge is being refined. So far so good. I want you to keep pushing to do better. There are spots in this bouguerau which are stunning, and other spots which are less so, which i think is just a time frame issue, but I would like to see you being as consistent as possible throughout the pieces.
Keep it up. You are on the right track.