Nyello- lampGuitar here- decided to start doing these assignments and stuff- So here goes!
Beatrice Townsend - John Singer Sargent; Time - 1 hour
I chose to do this painting by Sargent because I could always use practice in drawing humans, especially ladies since I'm always scared of not drawing them very lady like Another reason I chose this was because I love the super dark contrast Sargent uses here-
I noticed that one design principle he used was Economy, especially in the dog. Instead of rendering the dog to near photo detail like he does with the face, he uses brush strokes that imply what the fur looks like and how it's being held by her. He also uses economy in other areas like the necklace and the dress where there isn't as much fully rendered detail so our eyes wont have to be overloaded with detail and can rest in these areas.
I did this last night and after a somewhat good night's sleep I see now that I've painted her kinda squished horizontally haha- also my values on her face are much brighter than in Sargent's.