First Master Study
I finally tried to do a master study of a famous painting and it looks pretty crappy but it's a first I guess, I only used one layer here and tried not to erase and color pick as much as possible. It looks very inaccurate. I also tried to do some kind of painterly style but it doesn't look like it. What do you guys think of this and what should I keep in mind when doing these kinds of studies?
Reply or ask for help
Drop images here to attach them to the message
All posts
Steve Lenze
Hey c_moon, I think it's good to do these master studies, but it's kind of advanced to be trying to paint a master study when you haven't become proficient with drawing. No matter how well you match colors or create cool brush work, if the drawing is wrong then it will never look right. PAINTING IS DRAWING. If you plan to be a realist painter, you must know how to draw well. Until you know how to render a drawing correctly with graphite or charcoal, you will never know how to get your values correct in paint. Sorry, but that is reality. I did a sketch to show you some of the drawing things you can work on, I hope it helps :)
Write reply...
Drop images here to attach them to the message
Jo Sheridan
So - I'm no expert by any means - but what strikes me is how good your light/shadow relationship is on the back of the scarf (the dangly bit), but how you have not carried this through onto the face - the shadow on the blue bit of the scarf reads ok, but you need more contrast on the shadow side of the face and around the eyes and down the nose - this will start to make the face and head look the right shape... You've done a good job with the colours though - pretty good start I would say :)
Write reply...
Drop images here to attach them to the message
Browse the FAQs or our more detailed Documentation. If you still need help or to contact us for any reason, drop us a line and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Your name