I still have more to do, but here is my first few studies. Chose to do Sargent, and of course Frazetta, the other studies i have to do are all a mix from those two artists, with some other less popular ones.
As for the time, 45min on the Clouds, and 90mins on the Frazetta. I felt I had to spend longer so I really absorbed information in the process.
I spent 1hr 45 on the sargent portrait
Portrait was super difficult, looking at it you wouldn't think so, but the eyes have so much light in them, the values and shapes were also difficult. I know its off still, but I had to stop painting it sometime and move on I felt.
Could have spent a lot longer, but I'm saving that for the next assignment master copy. Any info before I do more appreciated, thanks.
Last edited by DAAZED; April 29th, 2014 at 11:02 PM.
great job. the frazetta would benefit from a bit softer edges. the landscape is excellent. the portrait has a beautiful surface. nice job capturing that. the shapes are a tiny bit distorted which can be checked by flipping it horizontally/vertically or using a mirror over your shoulder. i will nitpick you on that stuff as shape mapping is super important to doing portraits, so that you capture the same expression and proportion.
Awesome, thanks for the reply really helps me. I totally agree about the portrait and Frazetta piece, I have to say the portrait was super difficult, the eyes and subtle smile were such a difficult thing to paint. I overlayed my painting over the portrait, and its definitely the eyes that let it down. Its amazing how Sargent painted that subtle expression with such gestural and fluid strokes, I really tried with the eyes, I think the fact that I looked at them as a separate element instead of the whole expression of the face let me down, anyhow I will revise it, I need to get it right.
yeah...sargent is a trickster though. sometimes he would scrape his paintings as many as 15 or 20 times, repainting areas or the entire thing...finding strokes, broken edges, and just the right mark sometimes takes a bunch of tries to get it right. some of his paintings look like they were an afternoon at most but notes from the time period show they were as many as a dozen or more sittings...at 2-3 hours each. gotta be willing to make mistakes and even more willing to scrape them off...undo them..or paint them over until they are right.
Oh wow, well he certainly had me fooled then. That definitely makes me feel a little more comfortable about correcting mistakes now. Its a wonder his models had the patience for it, but I guess they always knew the end result would be worth the wait.