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    Grayscale Study

    Hello! This is my first post on this website! I've done a study of one of Sargent's works. I have yet to understand color and was told doing grayscale first is better than learning everything at once. Any critique would be greatly appreciated. I'd also like to know the difference between doing a master study and a study from real life? Is doing studies from real life more helpful or are they both equally helpful? Thank you.

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    Studies from life are useful in that they teach your brain to understand light, and form. Studies of master works are useful in that they teach you how they perceived something. In essence, you get in their brain space and pick up little bits of their genius. Obviously, studying masters is more helpful if you're trying to study something specific like composition or how to simplify complex forms. Just doing it for the hell of it isn't terribly helpful in my opinion. You need a goal in mind. Otherwise, you're not really studying. You're just copying. Like Loomis said "You're making a lens of your eye and an empty box of your head."

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    Welcome to the forums, Pin.

    This is a pretty good study!

    A little too light on the lightest values, but very good nonetheless.

    I think master studies and studies from real like try to accomplish very different things. On the former, the artist is trying to understand how a Master solved a specific "problem" and duplicate that. While on the later, the artist have to come with his own solution to drawing the subject he's observing.
    "There're no lines in real life" / Is this a sketchbook? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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