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razgul
03-23-2015, 08:58 PM
I consider myself very lucky to be living in a city that is hosting a unique retrospective on Rembrandt's late works (https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/late-rembrandt),most of which I've seen for the very first time and some I never knew even existed (https://www.google.nl/search?q=rembrandt+alexander&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=-5AQVbz2Btj7asO8gPAO&ved=0CCQQsAQ&biw=1600&bih=1065#tbm=isch&q=rembrandt+juno&imgdii=_&imgrc=edjN8x6rt9ocWM%253A%3B0HVZ6-c8CV1m_M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fhammer.ucla.edu%252Flegacy%252Fblog%252F2008%252F12%252Fah_90_58_2.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fhammer.ucla.edu%252Fblog%252F2008%252F12%252Frembrandt-in-southern-california%252F%3B1644%3B1932)... it's Heaven!.

I was familiar with R's rendition of 'Alexander the Great' (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/Rembrandt_Man_in_Armour.jpg)from pictures so I was very excited to see it in irl, although very dark it's a sight to behold. There is no certainty about Alexander's looks but the features that stand out look something like this
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2015/58584-alexanderprofile.jpg.
As a big 'fan' of Alexander (as a historical figure) I decided to paint my own version, so I blended the looks, exchanged the earring (on a warrior??) for some deep scars and made the helmet prettier to come up with this (oil on canvas 80x120cm)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2015/58584-P1030883web.jpg.
The painting is much darker but I can't cancel out the glare :o C&C required!

I painted the NGA selfportrait (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/18/Rembrandt_self_portrait.jpg) at the same time alternating between them, I knew the proportions were off but at the time didn't see anything wrong with that, If i'd cropped the hands off it would fit, or not ?. I can't see it anymore. C&C very welcome ;) (oil on canvas 80x60cm)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2015/58584-20150321_143754web.jpg

IronPawn
03-24-2015, 07:00 AM
Lucky indeed! Doing some copies of Rembrandt myself as well, unique learning experience isn't it. Great work by the way.

razgul
03-24-2015, 09:08 PM
Lucky indeed! Doing some copies of Rembrandt myself as well, unique learning experience isn't it. Great work by the way.
Ah yes that copy :envy: been taking a peek regularly to check your progress, you've got patience man with that many layers :) I got to 5 with the portrait and I got tired, I never get beyond 2 usually. Yes great learning, with the portrait it's especially intimidating with R staring at you 'so you think you can match me do yah?', well I clearly don't I've blown up his head too much and everyone is eerily silent here...With new insights on layer buildup I'm planning the next one, maybe Lucretia (talk about intimidating technique) or Catrina Hooghsaet, don't know yet. Best thing of all, I can view them up and close now if I get stuck :cool:

IronPawn
03-25-2015, 05:00 AM
Ah yes that copy :envy: been taking a peek regularly to check your progress, you've got patience man with that many layers :) I got to 5 with the portrait and I got tired, I never get beyond 2 usually. Yes great learning, with the portrait it's especially intimidating with R staring at you 'so you think you can match me do yah?', well I clearly don't I've blown up his head too much and everyone is eerily silent here...With new insights on layer buildup I'm planning the next one, maybe Lucretia (talk about intimidating technique) or Catrina Hooghsaet, don't know yet. Best thing of all, I can view them up and close now if I get stuck :cool:

Ha ha... you are right... he is staring right at you and laughing while you are holding a brush :) As for patience, probably it's because of my line of work (commodities trader by day), need to keep my cool :), otherwise.... hmm. Those 2 portraits you mentioned are great challenges, you should go for it! Just started new one, 'Jeremiah lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem' but didn't post it yet, sometimes I feel like that I'm taking over this subsection and feel embarrassed because of it :evil: Talk to you soon buddy... Oh, by the way, have a lot of friends from your neck of the woods (goodness me, they can drink!)

razgul
04-10-2015, 12:38 PM
Some (hopefully) better pics, please let me know if they're too dark again.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2015/58584-P1040035web.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2015/58584-P1040038web.jpg

razgul
04-10-2015, 01:25 PM
Ha ha... you are right... he is staring right at you and laughing while you are holding a brush :) As for patience, probably it's because of my line of work (commodities trader by day), need to keep my cool :), otherwise.... hmm. Those 2 portraits you mentioned are great challenges, you should go for it! Just started new one, 'Jeremiah lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem' but didn't post it yet, sometimes I feel like that I'm taking over this subsection and feel embarrassed because of it :evil: Talk to you soon buddy... Oh, by the way, have a lot of friends from your neck of the woods (goodness me, they can drink!) Well in my recent experience with master copies, patience = better results, I'll probably work on these again after a few months of not looking, that's what great R did frequently. Already made a small study of Catrina Hooghsaet head, very pleased with it so far, just need a xxtra large canvas now. I don't know about 'a lot' but yeah I do enjoy good belgian (!) beer and scotch whiskey :cool: Don't worry about taking over this section, EU has all the relevant Masters anyway, we've already taken over ...EU for the win! :lol:

Dana Design
04-10-2015, 01:57 PM
Looks to me...the self-portrait? Are the eyes overly large?

Alexander...beautiful, stunning work.

razgul
04-11-2015, 08:18 AM
Looks to me...the self-portrait? Are the eyes overly large?

Alexander...beautiful, stunning work.Thanks Dana.
Yep I think your right, just a tad though, and needs to be somewhat darker as well :( The Alexander is very difficult to photograph bc it has so many dry-shiny spots, it will look better after a final varnish, I hope.

IronPawn
04-12-2015, 09:49 AM
Well in my recent experience with master copies, patience = better results, I'll probably work on these again after a few months of not looking, that's what great R did frequently. Already made a small study of Catrina Hooghsaet head, very pleased with it so far, just need a xxtra large canvas now. I don't know about 'a lot' but yeah I do enjoy good belgian (!) beer and scotch whiskey :cool: Don't worry about taking over this section, EU has all the relevant Masters anyway, we've already taken over ...EU for the win! :lol:

Agreed, "patience is a companion of wisdom"... Looking forward to see Catrina. Belgian beer? what? I mean, yeah they are good but what about local patriotism he he.. EU - we just recently joined the club and I like it :)