I gave it a try but I think Rembrandt would not be happy seeing this. I was thinking of not posting it at all but well here it is. I will try doing this almost every day. Maybe it will get better, this is really a shame.
nice job on your values. you can focus on shapes and mapping things out accurately by flipping the images horizontally and vertically so you keep fresh eyes as you go. this will keep you from seeing it as a thing and keep you focus on just matching shapes and silhouette. if we can get your shapes mapped in accurately these are going to be sweet, and i am confident that you can get that done.
I took the advice and it really helps a lot! I took this painting by Bartholomaus as it contains a lot of shapes and I was trying to focus on those as much as possible. It was also a pretty hard piece in my opinion.
Fret not Venomisia, you WILL improve. And don't ever keep the bad studies to yourself - all you will get here is helpful comments, I guarantee.
I had the same feeling after doing my first study and looking at it. Having seen all these awesome pieces people had posted really made me want to run and hide, but remember; This is not a contest and you're doing this for yourself. Not for anyone else
Nice start on these. When you get your shapes worked out well, pay very close attention to the values. You want to match the values you see as closely as you can. It is important to be very honest about what you are seeing. try to put the accurate value down with each stroke as otherwise you end up having to fix things along the way and being accurate will save you time. Really take the time to observe and compare and choose the right value. If you are off, adjust it, don't keep working and come back to it. You are doing great...just need to focus in on value a little more.
The Bartholomaus was indeed a hard one.
I used too be very rough and sketchy in my studies too. Try to squint your eyes, and look at the painting as if there were only shapes, it can help for the values.
Sometimes before I start a study, I use a filter in photoshop that will get rid of all the details, so that they are only abstract shapes, and observe it, to see how I can simplify the real one. It can help if you don't know where to start and how to process all the information you see
(which is sometimes a problem for me)
Thanks a lot for the critiques!
This is a study of a painting by Vermeer. I think I got a bit closer to it than on my previous studies. I am wondering if I should make a grid for myself next time. Or is that cheating? I'm thinking about putting lines on the places where some shapes should be.
Here it is. I realised that when I zoom out to a thumbnail, the more it looks like each other the color the value is. Which I kind of had when studying this one.
So I did one more studie. The filter was a really good idea. Thanks a lot Fincks!
I know I'm still not near where I should put everything in place, but it's getting easyer in my opinion. In this piece is a emphasis, as Madonna is a lot lighter in values than the Satyr, She's also very light compared to the dark background. Also the angel creates a balance with the satyr.
It would be helpful to use a soft edged airbrush, fairly large, to go in and build up the forums on the figures. Before you do so though, double and triple check all your positive and negative shapes so you are sure you are modeling things in the right place.
I started using thebig soft brush and went into smaller one as further as I went. After that I started using the harder one. It really looks a lot more in place now! Not completely yet, but maybe in some practice. This painting by Fragonard was in my literature book when I was still in highschool and I always kept looking at it.
I realised one thing when being finished and put this together. When I started getting closer to details I spread out on the furthest parts of what I did with the soft brush which made her chubby. I will pay more attention to it next time.
This one was so diffucult. I went over the one hour limit. Actually also did the 30min first, then went doing other things, then went back to it. I seem to realise my mistakes better that way. Also this painting is really sad and full of emotion. I didn't manage to catch the feeling of the piece . But it was a good try. I want to get back at it when I improve a bit. Give it a second try at catching the feeling as well.