I don't have any specific question, but I'll start by talking about one of my biggest issues when it comes to painting:
I seem to have a huge problem with focus and planning. My finished paintings often get this unrefined, "speedpaint" feel, even if it took me several hours (days) to finish them. I often reach a point in which I simply don't know how to advance anymore. I think this is one of my best works so far, even if not finished, because I'm taking my time to use references and refining everything without rushing the process (as I end up doing most of the time)... And for some reason I'm not feeling as "lost" in this one as well.
Finding the right angles for light/shadows while setting up the lighting scheme of an environment/landscape is also very confusing for me so far. Haven't been able to retain much from the tutorials and guides I've seen so far. I hope Level UP will help me with this! ;u;
Below are my studies.
1 forgot the source. - I like the subtle play of darker values in the old lady's clothes and the (fabric?) in the left. I believe this helps creating a patch/rhythm our eyes can follow smoothly through the image.
2 Bouguereau's Dante and Virgin in Hell - It is interesting how value and contrast can be used to hide or highlight certain elements in a composition. Also, the men in the front almost form a rectangle that is proportional to the canvas. Cool.
3 Waterhouse's La Belle Dame sans Merci - Setting the right proportions and values in Photoshop was hard already, and then I decided to give pencils a try. I stopped before blowing the 1h limit, but the tones definitely need more adjustments. I ended up being caught up on too many details and left a very bright background behind them.
4 Thomas Eakins' Between Rounds
5 Caspar David Friedrich, aka my personal god, Monastery Graveyard in the Snow. I think his compositions are incredible.
15 to go!