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    Master Study for the Day #898 10/02/17

    We aredoing full colour master studies every day/weekend on our journey toget better at art. Join us and continue to Level Up!

    Here istoday's image for the day – WilliamAdolphe Bouguereau - L'Italien à la Mandoline

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    1. Begin the master study from the image above. Studies are to be in full colour. Be faithful to the master study. Do not use the colour picker. Do not trace. This is an exercise that over time will pump up your skills very quickly.
    2. Make your study and the master work the same size. This makes it easier for you and others to critique. Do not make it hard for yourself
    3. Upload your finished study directly in a reply to today's thread. Every day or weekend will have it's own thread with the image of the day.
    4. Time limit - 1 Hour minimum at least. This is the minimum to get the full benefit, but you're welcome to put a lot more time into it. The longer you can spend on it, the better you will get.
    5. Try to see how the artist worked and bring this into your study. Match the colour and the shapes in broad strokes, leave details out unless you have the time later. Go from the largest shapes of colour first. Fingernails and eyelashes should be ignored to the end.
    6. Work on a small format, this stops you making those details and enables you to capture the essence. You can make it bigger later.

    Pleasepost your image side by side with the original, either next to eachother or on top of each other. This makes it easier for people to seeand critique.

    You maynot wish to do a study everyday, but work on one over several days.This can make you push yourself harder.

    Critiquefrom yourself and others is always welcomed here, as we are here toimprove. Comment on what you think you've learnt from doing thestudy, where it failed, worked and what you will take forward to thenext one.

    Please tryto research the artist, their paintings & techniques as learningart history is equally important.

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    So it's not full colour, or really a finished master study- I studied it for the gorgeous clothing folds!
    Anyway, I still thinks it belongs here.
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    your master studies post are so helpful, but like u said try studying the strokes and techniques, could you please tell where can i find them in detail?

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    Here's my first attempt at a master study. While it was pretty grueling to get through and I didn't even really fully complete it, I had a lot of fun and look forward to trying another one. Also, in my search to give creds to the artist, I found that this painting is called Italien a la Mandoline by William-Adolph Bouguereau. He actually made a lot of paintings of this same kid with the red jacket.
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