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    McCloud - Composition 1.1

    Hello World.
    The Composition 1.1. video is absolutely awesome, the best thing I have ever read/viewed/heard on composition.
    So now I'm in the process of doing the assignment. It is quite difficult for me, as I am new to digital painting, but I'm trying to do my best.

    This is a study of a work by Arkhip Kuindzhi. I chose it because I admire his works and his style greatly.
    And my first painting in SAI ever

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    I spent about 2 hrs on this, but I think that is because I struggled with unfamiliar tools, brushes etc. a lot.

    While doing the study I noticed how important the clouds and small stones in the lake are for this painting - I think they create variety, as until I added them the painting looked dull and not 'alive'. There is also great econome - actually only the moon and the lake are 'in focus', and everything else is not so clear/detailed.

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    well for just getting started with new tools you are off to a great start. If you slow down just a little and really focus on choosing the exact value as accurately as you can, you would see an immediate improvement. The tools will be under control by the third one of these I imagine. Keep at it.


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    I was out of the city (and off my PC) for a couple of days, but I'm back.
    Thank you very much Jason for your advice! It seems I've found a way to check the values without the 'eyedropper' tool, so hope to get better ^_^
    Chose Mucha this time, one of my favourite artists.
    Proved difficult because of all the outlines - copying all of them exactly was impossible because of the small canvas, and without them the values somehow don't seem quite right.

    However, I noticed some important things:
    1. The weight of the outline is different - thicker on the main 'diagonal' lines and thinner for vertical/horizontal lines, I guess this is both for rhythm (making the diagonal movement really stand out) and variety.
    2. The shapes of the flowers in the background a repeated by the shapes of the 'horizontal' folds (sleeve and the dress under her feet) - rhythm, too. It seems Mucha is much more about rhythm than I thought.

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    Number 3

    I took a Japanese artwork this time, A Sudden Gust of Wind by Hokusai.
    Spent over 3 hrs on it... definitely not happy with my speed, but I guess it's all right since I'm a newbie.
    But I'm getting more at home with digital painting, which is good.

    I think it's a great example of continuity, this diagonal movement of the road which goes through all the painting. There is although freat variety of the people's poses.

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    nice job with your values on the mucha. a bit more detail in the face would help it read better, but for studying overall value pattern you are doing well. Now to get in there and study the edgework too.

    The japanese print study looks good. More time would get it closer but for a quick study it looks pretty good.


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    I haven't posted for a while because there were problems with the forum and then I was very busy at work. But I'm back.

    Copy n4 is of Roerich, and it was surprisingly difficult for me. I'm still not quite happy with the monk on the foreground.
    I had always thought Roerich is about repetition, but when I started copying, I understood there is great variety too, in both outlines and values. Something I need to learn yet.
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    And one more try, Waterhouse this time.
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    I absolutely love this work, and it is amazing how the visual impact is achieved by emphasis/economy. There is very strong, almost black and white contrast on the lady and her boat, while everything else is more or less grey-ish; and most of the detail is also on the lady.
    And it seems there is a very interesting rhythm to the dark/ligh areas, looking like a 'swing':
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    ok...you are doing a great job on your shapes. Your biggest area to focus on right now is your values while continuing to keep good drawing. Not everyone sees shape quickly, so that part is good. This is what I was saying earlier about value and it applies here so i share. Welcome back.

    When you get your shapes worked out well (the stage you are at now), 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.

    Keep it up.


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    I am really sorry this is taking me so long... but I'm determind to finish all 20 copies.
    So here are 2 more - one after William Hunt and another after Gustave Caillebot.

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    I really love the contrast on Caillebot's work, and how it gets the strongest on the couple.

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    Great Works, your making much improvement as far as I can I see. Take more time to touch up your values and shapes if you have too.

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    OK, one more try. I am beginning to enjoy the process. And I (finally) found a way to compare values which suits me - I just look at the 2 pictures without my glasses
    It seems something is a bit wrong with the lady... I couldn't get her skin right, there is some very smooth and beautiful texture in the original work.

    As for composition, I really like the contrast of straight lines in the background and smooth curved lines of the lady and ger horse, and how this contrast brings her out.

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    Number 9 - Wrubel.
    One more painter I really admire for his style and for the great atmosphere in his works.

    As for composition, I think this piece is a great example of emphasis/economy - the lady's face and crown are very detailed, while her wings and the background are very simple.
    And also great continuity - it looks like all the lines of the horizon, wings, dress, veil etc. are centered on the face, and bring the eye to the face.

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    Number 10. Turner, Totnes in the River Dart.
    Hooray, half of them done
    Want to take something very complicated with many figures next time and not get into detail.

    As for this painting, the balance here is very interesting - the most contrast is in the bottom left corner, with the sail. However, it is counterbalanced with the swirling cloud on the top right, and the birds on the bottom right. And also there is great diversity in the clouds.

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    Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire, by Repin
    Number 11 yay!
    I really admire both Repin's picture and the story behind it If you are interested in the story, it is in Wikipedia:
    The copy took me 2 hours 15 minutes. Guys, I seriously don't know how you manage to make those awesome copies you post here in 1 hour... it must be either some divine gift, or years of practice!

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    As for the composition, I purposefully found a very complicated painting not to be able to get into detail. The copy I made may be not so good, but I feel like I learnt really a lot from it.
    1. There is great rhythm of black and white areas. They go white-black-black-black-white-black-white-white-white (from right to left) - sounds like music
    2. Blacks on the right are balanced nicely with whites on the left.
    3. Even though there is such an awful lot of characters, the eye is drawn to the guy who is actually writing, the small one in the middle. This is 1. because he is in the middle and all lines of sight lead to him and 2. because there is real strong black-and-white contrast.
    4. Several vertical lines (the guns or lances, or whatever they are) is what makes the painting stable and somehow holds it together - I painted them the last, and without them it looked extremely messy. Amazing what a couple of lines can do to a painting.

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