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    If your going to start anywhere with master studies, you might as well start with NC Wyeth

    This is my first time doing master studies, and I got to admit I found it very enjoyable. On the first one I did, I was happily working away thinking to myself "this is easy", until I realized I was almost an hour in already. From there on I realized just how fast the hour can go by. Look at them afterwards, I can tell I need a lot of work on my value and comp. Advise and critique wanted.

    1. (Wyeth) What I noticed about this work, is how Wyeth uses the atmosphere to lead the eye by using the cannon smoke to frame his main subject, and then push his tertiary read into the background. Similarly, this is also use with light against dark value with the secondary read or seaman operating the can, who wears stripy high contrast shirt against a dark background.
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    2. (Sargent) I wanted to do a study of a portrait of someone prestigious, a military leader, or royalty. Studying Sargent, I learned quite a bit about emphasis, and the economy of painting. Here detail seems to radiate outward from the eyes. There is also rhythm between the set up of the metal and ribbons on the subject body and his over all pose. However, I do wish could have the over all expression more accurately.
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    3. (Robert) Moving on to a work with a much larger scale, I tried something a bit more architectural. While I had a harder time with this one, I did notice come of the economy of Robert's work. there is more contrast in the small figures fleeing the destruction, while the standing structures in the background are much flatter. I also found it interesting how the painting alternates from areas low and high contrast between the smoke, debris, and structure.
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    Nice work!

    1) Wyeth - it's tempting to put in the detail and highest highlights early on as it feels like it pulls the picture together, but if you paint them in order of darkest to lightest, and back to front, you'll make your life easier. You painted the shrouds top left (vertical ropes), but now it will be really difficult to go back in and paint behind them (unless you're crazy detail oriented with your layers). Similarly, get your lapels closer before you pop the buttons in there.

    2) This one is going quite well, but your officer isn't looking at the viewer, while Sargent's officer is.

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    These are a great start. You are showing good progress with shapes, values and edges and refocusing even more to double check and triple check your shapes early on and throughout the process will help you tie it all together more easily. The shapes were quite off in the first one but really have improved...so keep focused there and make sure that skill is being honed with your full attention. Flipping the images horizontally and vertically even more than you are doing will help a lot and watch those negative shapes as a matter of course.

    Keep up the great work.

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    Thanks a lot for the critique Jason. I can definitely see that I need work on my shapes.

    4.(Coleman) I want to start studying the landscape paintings from the Hudson river school. I love the composition of the piece which zig-zags from the small fishing boats diagonally to the larger steam boat, and then horizontally to the tertiary element of the sail boats and storm clouds.
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    5.(F.E.Church) I found this piece to be both a beneficial portrait and animal study. I really like the way this piece uses lighting and brush strokes to define the underlying form of what is a very muscular animal.
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    6.(Wyeth) I wanted to do another Wyeth study, and while I still need to work on my forms, I think the did a lot better than my first in just under an hour. I like the continuity of this piece, from the rhythm of the streams, the slopes of the rocks and stance of the character. These element give the piece a real sense of the movement and action, common in Wyeth's work.
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    7.(Makovsky) This is a portrait I really admire. What I admire most is repetition of pattern with the curly hair and fold of the fabric which frame the softer feature of the face against the the background. This piece would't work if the subject wore a stiffer dress, or a even something more ornate. While I work hard with in the hour to get the expression right, mine still came out looking like a different person because... I don't even...
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    I will hopefully be able to accomplish a few more this week. I will be focus I try to get my forms and shapes more accurate. I also notice that the values in my jpegs look flatter than when I work on them (these have all been made in painter so far).

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    Nice work. You are on the right path for sure. Your shapes and values are coming along well. 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

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