So here’s my first master painting study ever! John Singer Sargent’s Man Wearing Laurels.
I’m just beginning to study painting seriously so am still trying to find me feet here.
So what did I learn doing this?
- For the initial block-in it was easier to start off with a small canvas (I’m working digitally).
- Using a big brush helped my simplify the shapes as I was blocking in.
- From a couple of discussions on Discord while I was doing this piece – I decided to learn how to use RGB sliders as this more closely mimics real life physics.
- I first estimated the colours and then checked how far I was out with the colour picker. Turns out the real colours are always darker than I reckoned.
- Having been studying light and shadow for a while now I could see where the different types of light and shadows were e.g. there’s a slight terminator/core shadow on the guy’s left cheek, the reflected light underneath his chin.
- Sargent seemed to use lots of carefully blended brush strokes as opposed to the large swipes I’ve seen some oil painters use.
And here’s the reference image: