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IronPawn
10-25-2014, 05:09 PM
My humble attempt at master's work. Great example of using different techniques in a single painting, not only glazing. He utilized underpainting to great extent in turban and her dress (or whatever it is...) and glaze upon glaze on her face. Not sure if I'm going to even get close to it but maybe I'll learn a thing or two about painting. At the moment, I have no idea how many glazes will be needed, still at early stages.

Underpainting and 1st sitting. Glaze was really thin.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2014/1893483-Vermeer_1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2014/1893483-Vermeer_2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2014/1893483-Vermeer_3.jpg

alchemist1986
12-27-2014, 07:44 AM
What a perfect drawing of yours. And perfect glazes also so far.

IronPawn
12-28-2014, 04:57 PM
What a perfect drawing of yours. And perfect glazes also so far.

Thank you! Still on hold, since the post (need to push myself a bit more). Yes, drawing was something that got me started into oil world where I'm still learning after years and years of attempts :) Drawing is really fundamental in painting realism (in my humble opinion) and some will disagree but... My point is that we get better with practice (I do remember the time when drawing a simple thing was struggle). Talent is not good enough but hours after hours of work are the key to magic box :) .

These are few examples of my drawings... hope you'll like it. And thanks again for your kind words!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Dec-2014/1893483-Capture_1.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Dec-2014/1893483-Capture_2.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Dec-2014/1893483-Capture_3.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Dec-2014/1893483-Capture_4.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Dec-2014/1893483-Capture_5.JPG

Dana Design
12-29-2014, 11:07 AM
Beautiful and amazing work! Incredibly well done!

IronPawn
12-30-2014, 04:48 AM
Beautiful and amazing work! Incredibly well done!

Thank you Dana, you are too kind!

Tahloola
12-30-2014, 06:12 AM
Your work is awe inspiring. I still can't dr cubes correctly. Your Vemeer is my favorite attempt I have seen. Bravo!

IronPawn
12-30-2014, 09:40 PM
Your work is awe inspiring. I still can't dr cubes correctly. Your Vemeer is my favorite attempt I have seen. Bravo!

Thank you Tahloola, you are so kind! Now, maybe I should go back more to Vermeer, I neglected it for too long :)

As for drawing, I saw dramatic improvement when I did only value exercises and, if I would attempt to draw something, look at overall image rather then sharp focus everywhere (found and lost edges etc play that realistic note). But, about 30 minutes of those exercise's daily (value practice) for some time took me a long way. Shape can be managed easily with simple calculations (height and width comparison, we have fortunately only 2 dimensions to deal with) and as mentioned earlier, trick would be in tonality and pencil control which can be learned.

Hey, thanks again for your kind words!

GrandBob
12-31-2014, 12:33 AM
Totally beautiful work. Keep growing! I am impressed!!

IronPawn
12-31-2014, 11:01 AM
Totally beautiful work. Keep growing! I am impressed!!

Thank you Bob, really appreciate it!

PConstantino
01-06-2015, 10:45 PM
great

IronPawn
01-08-2015, 07:14 AM
great
Thank you!

Nathalie Chavieve
01-09-2015, 01:49 PM
Stunning drawings !

About the "Girl.." - I think that you have made the shadows very sharp, especially under the nose and the side of the nose. Same with the line under the nose. Otherwise it is a beautiful copy.

IronPawn
01-09-2015, 05:18 PM
Stunning drawings !

About the "Girl.." - I think that you have made the shadows very sharp, especially under the nose and the side of the nose. Same with the line under the nose. Otherwise it is a beautiful copy.

Thank you Nathalie! Really appreciate your input and time. Actually, the idea behind strong shadow was that later I scumble lighter tones on top of it and let some of the strong shadow be seen. Not sure where I'm at this moment, really need to go back to it...

Thank you!

Nathalie Chavieve
01-10-2015, 07:31 AM
Thank you Nathalie! Really appreciate your input and time. Actually, the idea behind strong shadow was that later I scumble lighter tones on top of it and let some of the strong shadow be seen. Not sure where I'm at this moment, really need to go back to it...

Thank you!
I didn't meant that the shadows are strong ( or dark ), but their are too sharp in edges and , I think, it would be difficult to smooth them later with transparent or semi-transparent glazing and scumbling.

IronPawn
04-12-2015, 09:56 AM
Goodness me, it has been a while... Finally, I decided to continue on a girl. Obviously, it is still quite a long way until it's done but small steps are preferred (at least in my case :) )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2015/1893483-Vermeer_4.jpg

IronPawn
04-19-2015, 07:56 AM
Adding more color and in-between more drawing. Process is quite interesting if you don't mechanically try to match colors but rather think in terms of possibilities. About 30-45 minutes including prep time.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Apr-2015/1893483-Vermeer_5.jpg

Dana Design
04-19-2015, 01:17 PM
Ahhh, just beautiful. Lovely skin tones and the headdress is stunning.

IronPawn
04-19-2015, 11:26 PM
Ahhh, just beautiful. Lovely skin tones and the headdress is stunning.

Thank you Dana, really kind of you! Next week will continue working some more on it... Thanks again.

IronPawn
04-25-2015, 01:46 PM
Business as usuall, more color and using opportunity to fix what went wrong previously. Let it dry and continue doing pretty much the same thing :)

Have a good one!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Apr-2015/1893483-Vermeer_6.jpg

IronPawn
05-03-2015, 07:45 AM
Same as above :) , another small step forward. I presume, about half way done.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2015/1893483-Vermeer_7.jpg

IronPawn
05-17-2015, 11:40 AM
Continued with more color. Next time I'll check for other things. Have a good one!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-May-2015/1893483-Vermeer_8.jpg

IronPawn
05-24-2015, 10:26 AM
Took a little break from it... and decided to start all over again :) ! For number of reasons. There is no shame in admitting that something went quite wrong and besides, as mentioned earlier - point of me making a copy is more leaning on actual process rather then creating a copy that will 'wow!' someone (or myself, as the matter of fact) in it's 'likeness' no matter how it's done. I could only be fooled otherwise in a wrong way of thinking, if you know what I mean.

So, took some time to do the research (on laboratory analysis of the painting) and created a plan. It was amazing! Prepare a ground, drawing to 'some' likeness and go straight for local color. Plan is to do the whole thing in only few layers (if possible, have no idea at the moment :) ) So much for grey underpainting etc... let's skip it and go for fun.

Prep time took about 1 hour (ground, not including drying time), drawing about 2/3 hours and 1st layer about 1-2 hours in spread over 2 sessions. At this point local color with it's tonality was a primary focus for me. For example: shadows are burnt umber and black, face shadow black and ochre red or ochre yellow, light was basic skin tone etc. I was aware that it will be quite crude result after this but I am hoping that, at the same time, it will be a solid ground for subsequent work.

Very little oil and no turpentine was used. I found that canvas tooth was doing it's job with straight from a tube paint very well. So, no worries about infamous 'fat over lean' thing :) . Used some fingers as well. Also, apparently very little glazing was done by Vermeer on this work, hmmm... let's see. Have a good one!

1st layer:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-May-2015/1893483-Step_1.jpg

Kemo
05-25-2015, 05:06 PM
Thank you so much for painting and sharing here your talent with so much enthusiasm and explanation.
I really admire your work and I would really like to see your own art, but please note that expectations are quite high as your reproductions are amazing.

Zivio

IronPawn
05-25-2015, 09:01 PM
Thank you so much for painting and sharing here your talent with so much enthusiasm and explanation.
I really admire your work and I would really like to see your own art, but please note that expectations are quite high as your reproductions are amazing.

Zivio

Ha ha... it's been quiet here for a while :) Sorry Kemo, not sure about talent thing (in my case)... started to believe more and more into system and practice. Thank God we have access to all these information's today, to help us get better at what we do, right? Actually, what I realized, as well, is that it is necessary to also think before picking up the brush... before, I would never do that. Forgot to mention above, that background local color is green (earth green, fast drying) and one of the places where glazes are applied (blue yellow - dark green mix); interesting tones and color combo's after only 1 layer.

Here are few pieces (ha ha, don't start with the standards now buddy). Have about 50 or 60 of them but not so good. These are quite recent. One of them here is alla prima, that Chinese box, done fairly quickly as exercise. But, I like layers. At one point, wanted paintings being focused on 1 object but recently started moving to more complex (but, (un)fortunately it requires more time). That single object paintings are quite melancholic for some reason (not that I feel that way, it's just can be powerful way to see things... I never looked at asparagus and how they really look like, just like to eat them with Hollandaise :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/1893483-Chinese_balls.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/1893483-Still_life_1.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/1893483-Still_life_2.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/1893483-Still_life_3.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/1893483-Still_life_4.JPG

ljfzq
05-26-2015, 11:00 AM
very good painting!!!!
i was always trying paint a reproduction of Girl with a pearl earring
my teacher used to talk about a lot of Vermeer and the technic of Vermeer

Kemo
05-26-2015, 05:18 PM
Hi mate,
Thank you very much for posting your paintings.
First of all I want to say that you are keeping expectation scale very high after showing your own art, all pieces are just great, but I would highlight Chinese box and this one with apple. You are playing with shadows very smart.

You are totally right when you mentioned talent, and I think that for most of us our very first works are witness of that.

For me beauty of being occupied with painting and art is that I am "smarter" after every finished piece, and knowing that there is so much to learn in future.
I am just hoping that at one point I would be able to put that all in one painting...

Sorry for my bad English and I have to say once again that I it is really pleasure to read your posts and watching your progress in your reproductions.
:wave:

IronPawn
05-27-2015, 08:40 AM
very good painting!!!!
i was always trying paint a reproduction of Girl with a pearl earring
my teacher used to talk about a lot of Vermeer and the technic of Vermeer

Thank you, very kind of you... not yet finished though. You can always share your ideas here, specially if it's about Vermeer. I'm sure it can help everyone :)

IronPawn
05-27-2015, 08:42 AM
Hi mate,
Thank you very much for posting your paintings.
First of all I want to say that you are keeping expectation scale very high after showing your own art, all pieces are just great, but I would highlight Chinese box and this one with apple. You are playing with shadows very smart.

You are totally right when you mentioned talent, and I think that for most of us our very first works are witness of that.

For me beauty of being occupied with painting and art is that I am "smarter" after every finished piece, and knowing that there is so much to learn in future.
I am just hoping that at one point I would be able to put that all in one painting...

Sorry for my bad English and I have to say once again that I it is really pleasure to read your posts and watching your progress in your reproductions.
:wave:

Thank you Kemo for kind words! Totally agree with you... and putting everything together is a journey, I presume. Nevertheless, worth it :)

IronPawn
05-30-2015, 08:34 AM
Continued working on 'Girl'... After 1st layer dried, painting got much darker which was a great advantage when it comes to 'modeling' or 'molding' the object. Her skin tones are very, very close to each other. There was no usage of any greys at this stage (although it appears so, and remember, no grey underpainting :) ) because all colors where somewhat 'muddy' and underlayer was used as a 'second' brush. So more light and more color was the goal. I presume that this one will get darker as well and in final layer(s) I should go for a full light. What is great about this is that no open white or very little of it (with little yellow/orange sun in it of course) will be used because we are raising a 'light key' up with each layer - which means more control and at the same time keeping shadows transparent. Also, some warm greys were applied in shadow which actually creates this optical mix with underlayer white to create nice, creamy, off white color (her turban), oh yeah, sweet :) ... cool shadows on her face were created by underlayer and skin tone(s) but needed a lot of care on this one not to lose it.

Soon going for a final... Have a good one!

So, 2nd layer:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2015/1893483-Step_2.jpg

IronPawn
06-06-2015, 11:31 AM
As mentioned above, more light and more color. Probably, only 1 more layer and I'll call it done, no matter what, I'm stuck on this one for too long now :) . Just basic touch ups and maybe some small adjustments... nothing too complicated...

3rd layer:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2015/1893483-Step_3.jpg

In mean time, also started working on another Vermeer, "Milkmaid" (little bit different approach at starting point). Basic underdrawing is done, letting it dry for now:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2015/1893483-Het_Melkmeisje_step_1.jpg

IronPawn
06-14-2015, 10:35 AM
Probably will stop at this point. Trying my best and it is what it is. Photo makes colors darker because I reduced glare in shadows. Fourth and final layer:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2015/1893483-Step_4.jpg

Also, working somewhat on 'Milkmaid', this stage is between 2nd and 3rd layer. Planning to finish it with the 4th. Have a good one!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2015/1893483-Het_Melkmeisje_step_2.jpg

Tooradj
06-24-2015, 12:25 PM
Thank you Tahloola, you are so kind! Now, maybe I should go back more to Vermeer, I neglected it for too long :)

As for drawing, I saw dramatic improvement when I did only value exercises and, if I would attempt to draw something, look at overall image rather then sharp focus everywhere (found and lost edges etc play that realistic note). But, about 30 minutes of those exercise's daily (value practice) for some time took me a long way. Shape can be managed easily with simple calculations (height and width comparison, we have fortunately only 2 dimensions to deal with) and as mentioned earlier, trick would be in tonality and pencil control which can be learned.

Hey, thanks again for your kind words!

Amazing work. Do you have any suggestions on then value exercises? How and what?

Tooradj
06-24-2015, 12:26 PM
Thank you Tahloola, you are so kind! Now, maybe I should go back more to Vermeer, I neglected it for too long :)

As for drawing, I saw dramatic improvement when I did only value exercises and, if I would attempt to draw something, look at overall image rather then sharp focus everywhere (found and lost edges etc play that realistic note). But, about 30 minutes of those exercise's daily (value practice) for some time took me a long way. Shape can be managed easily with simple calculations (height and width comparison, we have fortunately only 2 dimensions to deal with) and as mentioned earlier, trick would be in tonality and pencil control which can be learned.

Hey, thanks again for your kind words!

Amazing work. Do you have any suggestions on value exercises? How and what?

IronPawn
06-26-2015, 07:38 AM
Amazing work. Do you have any suggestions on value exercises? How and what?

Hello Tooradj, thank you for your kind comment.

Actually, I am not an expert in drawing by any mean but I found (long time ago), somewhere online, some type of sheets for exercise. They look like clouds or something like that, no real image. Sorry, at the moment I have no idea how to find it.

Also, I am starting to go back to drawing as of now and maybe the best suggestion would be to create a light box (cheap cardboard or shoe box or black foam board would be fine, not to big), have a lamp (single light source) and bright white object (ping pong ball, a cup, an egg etc) and go directly from there. If you want to invest a little bit of money, get geometric casts (sphere, cone, cube etc). Get yourself familiar with 'envelopes' and Bargue drawing method as well. Start with very simple things... at least, that was how I started. Hope it helps and good luck! Drawing can be really rewarding :)

Currently I am working on this drawing (about 15-30 minutes a day or every other day for past 2-3 weeks) just to warm up for some future work. It is HHtY "Sir Thomas More", obviously not finished :) I chose little bit too small of a format for it and it's difficult to get details but tonality was my main concern here:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2015/1893483-Sir_Thomas_More.jpg

Also, if someone is interested on progress with a "Milkmaid", I'll use this thread for updates. Coming close (this is 3rd layer pretty much done) and soon going for a final:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2015/1893483-Het_Melkmeisje_step_3.jpg

Have a good one!

OldNoob
07-05-2015, 11:21 PM
Goodness me, it has been a while... Finally, I decided to continue on a girl. Obviously, it is still quite a long way until it's done but small steps are preferred (at least in my case :) )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2015/1893483-Vermeer_4.jpg WOW!

IronPawn
07-06-2015, 05:32 AM
WOW!

Hello OldNoob, thank you... this was a part 1 on this attempt and if I remember correctly somewhere in a middle of the process. Second part (in 4 stages) was much more interesting, I think :) This was a final piece. Thanks for stopping by!

This is the final product (post #31):

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jul-2015/1893483-1.jpg

IronPawn
08-30-2015, 01:02 PM
Beside 'Jeremiah', I was working today a little bit on 'Milkmaid'. Had no patience of working on it for a while and another small session was the only thing I did. It was suppose to be done by now, but hey - what can I say :) Still some things needs to be done.

Have a good one...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Aug-2015/1893483-Het_Melkmeisje_step_4.jpg

Dee350
09-25-2015, 11:09 PM
Excellent

IronPawn
09-28-2015, 07:34 AM
Excellent

Thank you Dee, really appreciate it... although still working on 'Milkmaid' and some other ones. :) Thanks again!