Happy New Year everyone!
We are starting up the forum projects again. After much discussion among the forum staff, we have made a few changes to the structure.
Since the purpose of these threads is to emulate the working methods of past masters, as well as learn some history, we are unifying the approach of these projects to focus on a single technique at a time
. Additionally the timeframe has been extended to two months
This means that, unlike in past threads, we are asking that all participants work in the technique in which the original painting was made
and stick to a Recommended Minimum size: 24 x 36 in, 61 X 91.4cm)
Feel free to work larger if you are so inclined.
Think of this group project as a Free Online Class. Everyone is welcome! All skill levels!!
This month’s focus is on John William Waterhouse, and we will be focusing on a direct layered approach.
We will also be spending the first two weeks doing drawing studies
. During this two week period, we’ll do multiple drawing studies. It will also give you time to get your supplies from the recommended supply list, if necessary.
Throughout the duration of the project, I, and anyone else who wants to, will post historical bits about Waterhouse and his contemporaries.
Here are the paintings up for consideration:
Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses
Oil on canvas
92 x 149 cm
(3' .22" x 4' 10.66")
Link to Hi-res Image
I chose this painting because of the drawing challenge, and also the fabric transparency.
My Sweet Rose (a.k.a 'The Soul of a Rose')
88.3 x 59.1 cm
Art Renewal Link
Tristan and Isolde with the Potion
81.28 x 109.22 cm
(32" x 3' 7")
I chose this for all you Valentines Day romantics! Also because of the metal armor.
Hi res image
Mariana in the South
74 x 114 cm
(29.13" x 3' 8.88")
Highest Res image I can find
This is a cool painting, which I chose for the unique pose as well as the architectural elements. Those of you wanting a perspective challenge, there it is!
We are taking the first two weeks to DRAW.
First, choose one painting to focus on. In upcoming posts I will post modified images of each painting to help you with lines, values, etc.
Drawing Supply List:
Paper- sketchbook size for small detail studies, if you can get some larger sheets of 18x24 it would be a good idea as well.
Conte, charcoal, graphite, ink or any of your preferred drawing media. I encourage everyone to do line studies as well as value studies.
• Further resources
• Modified images
• Sample Waterhouse drawings
• Historical/biographical info
• Recommended palette information