Was a busy week and wasn't able to get much work done until last night. Here are two 1 hour studies.
Room in New York - Hopper
In this painting Hopper uses mostly simple shapes with hardly any detail and leaves most of his contrast for the two figures in the scene. I think by subduing all the detail such as facial features he has emphasized this mundane life of this unhappily married couple.
Rosina - Sargent
I love how loose this painting is and how the simple brush strokes under the chin and next to the cheek are the only emphasis to the contours of the face. If it wasn't for those two simple spots of light then the face would blend almost completely with the background.
Another Sargent copy where the man's face contains the darkest and brightest values in the piece and is surrounded by a loosely painted light cloak. Its a very simple but effective way to draw the viewer's eye to the man's face. One thing I found fascinating about this painting is that all the shadows are painted with very thin transparent layers of dark paint and everything in direct light he has used thick opaque paint which gives it a little more volume if that makes sense. I've heard of the transparent shadow rule before but I don't often see it applied in digital art or maybe I never notice.
Great study on this sergent, it will be my next study
The shape of the noise is a little bit off, the dark side is really almost a straight line.
And on your study, i think the lighest part of the skin is a tiny too dark.
Love the texture, was it a customize brush ?
and what is you tips on photoshop windows ?
Thanks for your input Madaoway. I'll try and watch my values. I always seem to neglect something.
The window tip was that instead of zooming in and out of your painting you can open a second window for your project by going to "Window -> Arrange -> New Window" in the menu bar. This way you can have one view where you are zoomed out and can see how the composition looks and another zoomed in view where you can work on smaller details.
I'm kind of a sucker for cheesy pin up art. Its fun to look at and even more fun to paint. In this composition the viewer's eye kinda starts with the dog, pans over to the right around the legs and then curves left and up the body towards the woman's face.
I disagree with you on the viewer eyes.
In my opinion, i think the first things i saw, was the face. Because of the contrast with the part of dark in the hair, against this light value, almost white in the hair.
You have the feature too you caught the eye.
The dog is more surrounded with a medium value.
And i think it's why you are too much dark with her light value on her face.
Anyway great work, beautiful study.
Everytime i go to your thread, he make me want to study some new piece i didn't think of.
I am in agreement that the values are the main differences...the strike of light on the hair...the luminosity in the reflect light on the face...back away from them...three meters...stand across the room and look at them from afar...you will better see these differences if you do as you wont be so close that your eyes are adjusting to the piece you are working on.
beautiful job though...I would struggle to capture that beautiful figure and you are very close. Lovely entirely. I think you may have a gift for the female figure.
Sorry for the late reply. Was a very busy weekend. In the copy of the of the Gil Elvgren painting I didn't mean to imply that the dog was the focal point of the composition. I was more or less commenting on the S shaped visual path but happened to list the dog first.
Thanks for your comments, I appreciate you guys keeping me on my toes.
Another busy week. Hopefully I can find the time to get to 20 by Monday. I've done another Gil Elvgren study and one of the things I like about pinup art is how dark most the artists go with the eye lashes, eyebrows and lips while not making the subject look too cartoony. It seems like the skin tones are flattened and or simplified to help achieve this look.
A quicker study than usual. Was trying to use episodes of Top Gear as a timer. So the focus here is the man and woman just a moment away from kissing. I like the dark shadow on the right half of the man's face that helps bring so much contrast to that area to make their faces just stand out. Since this is a quicker study there are still some areas that need work. The lights in the background definitely need to be brightened, the bricks on the left need to be darkened and the woman's face could be brightened up a bit.
watch the emotional expression on the male character. he looks more tentative in yours, like she's an ex tring to give him a smooch, rather than in that magic moment the original has. I say this because the technical aspects are coming well under control and now is when you really have to pay attention to the true art of it..which is that emotional expression and communication...the advanced stuff.
Thanks Jason! I really appreciate the feedback you've been giving me. Sorry for the late response. Its funny how you don't notice these things till later. Maybe if the head was tilted a little more and moved a little closer it would have made all the difference.