View Full Version : Carravagio's John the Baptist in the Desert

12-01-2014, 05:04 PM
I like to copy masters and add something of my own. Some of the symbolism in the still lfe is obvioushttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Dec-2014/976255-IMG001.JPG

12-02-2014, 10:31 AM
Caravaggio is really powerful in creating volume by playing with darks and lights. If you study the original you see that the dark shadows under his arm and the shadow of his arm down his torso really make the muscles curve around and have depth. It's not just a solid line of shadow.

12-05-2014, 03:49 PM
I wish I had a copy of the original to copy

12-08-2014, 09:16 PM
I find working from photo's on the net super aggravating as well. Especially with the darker works like Caravaggio since the high contrast is impossible to photograph well, either exposed for the darks or the lights but can't get um both.

What size is this? I like it. :)

01-06-2015, 10:46 PM
did you se turps to thin the paint?

02-23-2015, 03:01 PM
If I think something is off, I will use pixlr.com/editor to work with the curves and saturation until I think I am close. I have attached one I did for this image just a second ago, I did this in 20 seconds so the saturation is off and it may be a bit dark.

You also want to be sure to calibrate your monitors when working with images on the web.



03-21-2015, 06:17 AM
The photograph of the real C. is misleading, not only do the darks have actual details within that help define the anatomy, but the lights also have details. Details such as a slight darkening of value on the edges of the body to help model the form.