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IronPawn
12-06-2014, 11:57 AM
Already have open few threads, but still working on those paintings. Maybe I should compile everything in one thread :-) This one is experiment on little bit different technique (using some clues from Rembrandt's 'Johannes Wtenbogaert') as well as some physics (what does 'stained glass effect' in reality achieves i.e. color field and optics - no, I am not using any optical devices such as lenses etc. just plain old high school physics).

Second layer. Forgot to take a photo of previous layer but you didn't really miss anything, for those who are actually reading this mumbling :-)

Let's see how is going to turn out.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Dec-2014/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_1st.jpg

Nathalie Chavieve
12-07-2014, 09:35 AM
Nice underdrawing !

IronPawn
12-07-2014, 11:06 PM
Nice underdrawing !

Thank you.

AllisonR
12-11-2014, 10:22 AM
Another thread I'll watch. Have you done any more to it?

IronPawn
12-11-2014, 05:58 PM
Another thread I'll watch. Have you done any more to it?

Hi Allison, thanks. Unfortunately, didn't have too much time on hand lately and it's on hold. Probably some time next week will continue to work on it and post more...

IronPawn
12-17-2014, 12:46 PM
2nd sitting, started adding bits of color to underpainting. Still weak but it is like before the storm :) About few hours of work. Probably will continue next week.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2014/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_3rd.jpg

melfice_
12-18-2014, 03:52 AM
Fantabulastic. Probably better than rembrandts himself!

IronPawn
12-18-2014, 07:40 PM
Fantabulastic. Probably better than rembrandts himself!

Thank you melfice, very kind of you! But, unfortunately not even close to the master... his idea, technique, depiction of subject, color, mood, feeling, brushwork, observation, knowledge, skill(s)... I can only learn from him, this way, as apprentice.

IronPawn
12-31-2014, 11:04 AM
Need more light. Very fast work, maybe 45-60 minutes. The rest will follow. Happy New Year!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Dec-2014/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_4th.jpg

IronPawn
01-03-2015, 01:46 PM
Continued working on his skin tones and hat... I'm flabbergasted by the amounts of grey(s). All the colors are playing around them.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jan-2015/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_5th.jpg

IronPawn
01-11-2015, 11:24 AM
Today I was kind of "freestyling"... great fun. Just adding color here and there, without even looking at the image (not a good idea, but painting is suppose to be enjoyment, not hard labor; at least for an amateur like me:) )

I'll see in couple of days what came out, it's too fresh right now to make any judgment. If something needs to be fixed, it will be fixed :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jan-2015/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_6th.jpg

IronPawn
02-08-2015, 11:55 AM
Another small step forward. Learning bunch of new things as I go with it... photo is much more cooler (as in temperature :) ) then in reality. Too bad that gradations are not visible (from lower left corner to upper right, on skin tones, clothes etc)... they are quite harsh on a photo. Oh well, that's fine. Have a good one!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Feb-2015/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_7th.jpg

AllisonR
02-08-2015, 04:45 PM
WOW! I find this fascinating, watching the changes. I really love seeing all the bits of color you have added in specific spots, and then in the next one you cover up all those lovely hues, but a subtle hint of them remains. For example the metal chest plate - on 01-03 I see tiny bits of teal and lavender and rust and green, butt then on 01-11 - they are all gone, no more obvious colors, but more harmony. I also see this in the feather, lots of various colors, then a lot of these changing hues covered up.

Also, could you explain why you start with a very dark earth background, when you are going to paint over it with lighter and lighter shades?

IronPawn
02-08-2015, 06:13 PM
WOW! I find this fascinating, watching the changes. I really love seeing all the bits of color you have added in specific spots, and then in the next one you cover up all those lovely hues, but a subtle hint of them remains. For example the metal chest plate - on 01-03 I see tiny bits of teal and lavender and rust and green, butt then on 01-11 - they are all gone, no more obvious colors, but more harmony. I also see this in the feather, lots of various colors, then a lot of these changing hues covered up.

Also, could you explain why you start with a very dark earth background, when you are going to paint over it with lighter and lighter shades?

Thank you Allison, very kind of you! I am glad that you are able to "see" part of the process... I did mentioned in one of my Rembrandt's thread(s), in conversation with Nathalie (another member), that while I copy that I also experiment... you caught me :) The thing is that I somewhat try to think ahead of painting (never did this before). Many times it will look horrific while working on it, but with some type of plan it might or might not work as final result... Then I adapt and make next step. I have no illusions on my technical abilities, they can be bellow par, but the idea was to learn new bits of information and maybe improve on one or two things.

As for dark background: idea in the beginning was not to have midtone (very simple, I know) :)

Thanks again for your input, I really appreciate it!

IronPawn
02-14-2015, 04:33 PM
More painting and more drawing... at first I used an image from Google project or something like that but today went to museums site and downloaded sharper image (not sure why I didn't do it in a first place, but it's ok) and it looks quite different then 1st image I used as reference (museum's much cooler in color). Well, I guess, that's what you get when you can't see it in person :) . Image is darker then in real life, but had to darken it because of glare... Regardless, getting closer to the final stages.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2015/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_8th.jpg

IronPawn
02-22-2015, 10:53 AM
Business as usual... more drawing and more color. No need to fuss too much, about 30 minutes or so. Let it dry, continue next week :) Have a good one!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2015/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_9th.jpg

IronPawn
03-07-2015, 10:01 AM
Took a short break of few weeks... finally, continued working on this painting. Simple corrections, light and shadows, little bit of drawing. Nothing too complicated :) Have a good one.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2015/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_10th.jpg

Dana Design
03-07-2015, 10:14 AM
Stunning work! It's coming together beautifully. Will be looking for updates.

IronPawn
03-08-2015, 12:46 PM
Stunning work! It's coming together beautifully. Will be looking for updates.

Thank you Dana... probably, sometime next will continue working some more on it and I'll post more. Thanks again!

IronPawn
03-29-2015, 09:59 AM
It has been a while since last post. Today, working some more on 'Old man': more color and some fixing of drawing. Coming close to final stages.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2015/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_11th.jpg


Little bonus :) : 'Jeremiah lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem' by Rembrandt as well. This is only a 2nd layer (actually, overlapping 1st and 2nd somehow), so it's too early to say where I'm going with this.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2015/1893483-Jeremiah_treurend_over_de_verwoesting_van_Jeruzalem_2.jpg

Thanks for stopping by and have a good one!

Kemo
03-29-2015, 03:27 PM
Great work! Can't wait to see final version.
Can you please write dimensions of your painting?

Svaka cast!

IronPawn
03-30-2015, 08:06 AM
Great work! Can't wait to see final version.
Can you please write dimensions of your painting?

Svaka cast!

Hvala Kemo :) !

Thank you buddy, hope to finish it some time soon. I think it's 24x30 inches... sorry, painting's are not around me at the moment. Just remember that I've had several canvases prepared in those dimensions. Talk to you soon!

IronPawn
04-04-2015, 10:20 AM
I'll start wrapping this one up... It could go on little further (maybe I'll do some tiny work after I get some rest from it :) ) but the general idea is here. Thanks and so long!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2015/1893483-An_old_man_in_military_costume_12th_A.jpg

razgul
04-10-2015, 12:55 PM
Looks good man ! Could be the pic or my screen (bet it is) but it seems to have a cool-greenish hue? Also the values on the right side of the face need some smoothing out, but yeah the general idea is here ;)

razgul
04-10-2015, 01:02 PM
Little bonus :) : 'Jeremiah lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem' by Rembrandt as well. This is only a 2nd layer (actually, overlapping 1st and 2nd somehow), so it's too early to say where I'm going with this.
I know this one seen it often, very smallish painting with lots of fiddly details, great challenge:thumbsup: If its on display again (it's not at the moment, I've checked) I could walk up to it and take some 'live' pics for you.

razgul
04-11-2015, 08:26 AM
Looks good man ! Could be the pic or my screen (bet it is) but it seems to have a cool-greenish hue? Also the values on the right side of the face need some smoothing out, but yeah the general idea is here ;)-edit- sorry, LEFT side.

IronPawn
04-12-2015, 09:43 AM
-edit- sorry, LEFT side.

Thanks for your input buddy... yeah, maybe I need some 'fresh eyes' to look at it again but for now let me rest on it for a while :) It would be great if you could take few close ups on Jeremiah, if it's not too much for you (otherwise, not a problem at all) just to compare it to what I have. Thanks for your offer!