Haha yeah, I just realized that now- that the gunslinger is a bit on the portly side. I just went back in and slimmed him up a bit. Just looks like the belly was popping a bit too much.
Got a couple new studies. Been falling behind...
Study 7. Storm on the Volga - Ilya Repin
I really like the motion and depth this piece has. The way the figures and waves layer over each other and the rhythm they all have together in harmony. There is so much going on in the foreground, it allows the simple background to just compliment it.
This was a little ambitious to get in under a time limit so I just tried to get the shapes down as close as I could. It's still too scratchy to me. I'll try to back in and sharpen up these shapes.
Study 8. Portrait of Marchesa Luisa Casati, with a Greyhound - Giovanni Boldini
This piece really caught my eye with it's bold brush strokes and the way Boldini pulls shapes out from the dark background into the foreground. The texture is really something I admire of Boldini's and his ability to plant the figure into the background.
Study 9. El Jaleo - John Singer Sargent
I really wanted to try something with a different light source and I just love the way the light covers an shapes this scene. The way the shadows unify and create rhythm throughout.
I tried out a few different brushes to get a better feel for different tools.
Yeah, I've been playing around with some texture brushes but I think I need to work larger. I noticed on this study the image size was a bit small and I was getting some teeth out of the brush on bigger strokes but the smaller they got it just more and more slick. I tried to get a little more texture and tooth in this piece.
Study 10. Marthe De Florian - Giovani Boldini
I dunno, I really like Boldini's portraits and had to do another one. This gives off more of a sketch vibe to it but I like the unfinished transparency and tried to replicate it in some areas. Spent a little more time zoning in the values and practicing getting a little more texture out of my brush. I just really enjoy the strong vibrant brush strokes in how he sculpts clothing and tried to practice that.
once you hit this stage you can do a final pass on a. shapes, b. values and c. edges. You are getting great starts but we need to push for a bit more accuracy and that will come with a final pass on each of those. flip the images upside down and horizontally if need be.
Study 11. Hide the Body - Mead Schaeffer
I thought this would be an awesome piece to study with the chaotic composition that creates a direct path for the eye to travel throughout the piece with big shapes and strong value contrasts. I really tried to get everything in this one. I did notice after finishing this one that I DO need to flip my studies more when working on them.
Study 12. Dean Cornwell - The Desert Healer
The lighting and mood in this piece are great. It reminds me of how night scenes looked like in old spaghetti westerns- with this bright twilight. I enjoy the way Cornwell uses the shadows to swirl the eye around the canvas. The delicate way he paints the clothing and then sculpts out the figures is really nice too.
Study 13. Mead Schaeffer - Dinner White
Back to Schaeffer again. I just like the way he makes shapes pop and the slick way he paints. He really takes full control over a composition and grabs the eye and makes sure it travels exactly where he wants it. It's really evident in how he draws in this curvy hand rail pulling us from the foreground into the middle ground. The asymmetrical balance in this nice too, with the two standing figures and the seated figure pulling the eye upwards to the lamp and down the side of the screen back into the hand rail.
Last edited by ENmiTy; July 30th, 2014 at 05:47 PM.
you are doing an impeccable job with your shapes. please focus on your value as your levels vary compared to the originals. Be sure you are comparing both images at the same time in your peripheral vision, when checking the quality of your values while your eyes rest on the two artworks (kind of out the corner of your eyes). Looking into a hand held mirror can help too. Just be sure you check your values, starting with the biggest shapes and moving down.
Keep up the great work.
Wow, it's been a little while since i last posted! I'm back in the saddle and ready to get this going again.
Thanks, Jason. I think what I was doing before was looking more for the local value instead of the actual value. I tried to get these new submissions as close as possible this time around. They're still a little off I think, here and there.
Study 14. JC Leyendecker - Character Studies
I always love these lineups that Leyendecker did. The way he uses pattern, shapes and value to distinguish characters sitting side by side in what would normally be a very boring composition. The dark light dark light pattern he does here also helps to let the individual characters pop out a little more. Like I've said in previous pieces I've done of his- I love the way he sculpts form out of very recognizable silhouettes.
Study 15. Ilya Repin - Easter Procession in the Region of Kursk
I was searching through a number of images by Repin and I came across this image and then releasized later that this just a tiny crop made int he middle of this huge piece- but the composition of just this time space is so nice I decided to do a study of it. The accents of white really move your eye around this piece- from the white horse, down to the white clothes on the woman's head, up to the white hand shooting out of the crowd and then into the white uniform of the soldier reaching back to strike the crowd. I enjoy pieces by Repin because everyone is in motion- there is so much motion going on in all his pieces and they really feel alive. All the way from the poses to the extremely animated faces. It's incredible to think that this piece is just a tiny crop in a sea of detailed and very interesting characters.
Last edited by ENmiTy; July 30th, 2014 at 05:48 PM.
Please do work on capturing some of the volume of the forms. You can use a soft edged air brush at low opacity to achieve that effect. You are overly flattening things at the moment and including painting form in the process will help widen your digital skill set a lot.
Good to be back. Thanks again for the feedback. Yeah, I was focusing too hard on basic shapes and values.
Study 16. John Harris - Star Surgeon
Decided to try something out of my normal comfort zone. I recently introduced myself to the art of John Harris and I love the way he applies paint and the vibrant colors he uses. I picked out this painting because of seeming simple composition but the great deal of detail that picks up the eye. The sense of scale is really well pulled off in this piece. Even without the small fighter-ships- you can really get a feel for the scale of this huge hospital space station. The details help but the simple use of the red crosses really hammer in the scale.
Last edited by ENmiTy; July 30th, 2014 at 05:48 PM.
Nice work. You are on the right path for sure. Your shapes and values are coming along well. 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 up the great work. -jm