Re: ESP - Portrait & Figure Fundamentals - Lesson 3: Measuring
re color shapers
they are paintbrush handle tools with hard to soft rubber tip in various shapes, great for manipulating pastel
Online you usually have to buy in lots of 6, try to find them one off. I prefer the firm and the hard ones used for clay. Do a search in Jerrysartarama.com for color shaper to see them.
On with Sargent, I now own one portrait book in the series (large format 3 vol.) I have the other 2 on order from my library. There is a lot to learn from his work, more than just one time reading can give.
He has so many ways to do his work, he didn't really use a "formula" approach, so there is quite a range in bg. Here's one that I found unusual. I normally try never to do this, ie let the strokes in the bg follow the subject shape. Notice he still does not create a "halo" with unbroken light all around the head, it's still broken into dark and light sides.
I'm posting his with a close up, hope you can see the color is off in the scan, and it shows up more in RL. also my pastels are not adequate to reproduce the colors. BTW Sargent considered pastels inadequate for portrait work, as they were insufficent in his opinion to the task. He occasionally did sketches with them but mostly did even those in oil or watercolor,
Constructive critiques and comments welcome.