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Here are my composition 1.1 studies.
For my first studies I have chosen to do two W. A. Bouguereau studies.
I have difficulties with drawing portraits and especially when it comes to a smooth render. Also, I tend to avoid drawing hands, especially if they are an important part of the drawing, attracting your attention, as in the 2nd study. I also wanted to try something new, as I have never done before a child's portrait. I now learned a new set of proportions. Thus I was also able to compare female adult and child proportions.
Regarding the lighting, it is well defined. Also it is very strong, emphasizing the clothes. The very bright clothing makes a good contrast. And by adding many little details only in specific focus areas, I realized I was putting details all over the place in the past, not focusing the viewer's eye at all.
Brightest bright value is used modestly, just a dot here and there and with clothing details, and the darkest dark is in the eyes, attracting the viewer. Regarding the eyes, I also remarked how he prefers to choose a lighter value for the inner part of the eye, and a darker value for the eyelashes and the upper half inner lid. (not the whole lid, as i used to draw it). Hair also has a fair amount of detail, but not much, just enough to fill the whole space in a balanced manner.
Around 2.5 - 3 hours each.
nice start on these. You have a little bit harder marks than the soft edged marks that are happening. Try using a soft edged airbrush at low opacity to achieve some of that effect that is present in the original.
Here are some thoughts on edges...
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
Thank you for the critique, I'll try the airbrush next time! And I'll watch edges more closely.
Here is today's study: 1.5 hours
I wanted to try drawing mountains because I am so bad at it. Studies the composition and flow first.
The trees give it a nice flow, and their dark value makes it easy to follow.
nice work. your sky looks a tiny bit lighter but overall that's a great study. keep it up.
5 to 5.5 hours.
Used the soft edged brush this time.
The balance of the painting is very good, and I see some flow repetition (green lines).
Also, the eyes of the viewer are directed to where the girl is looking at, and I saw the position of the hands indicating that direction as well.
These are big improvements. thank you. The latest piece above...the winterhalter...double check the axis of the eyes as that seems to be the biggest difference. You are showing good progress. Just keep them rolling now.