I have moved in! Not only have all boxes have been cleared, but I’ve been using actual cookware with lids instead of balancing another sauce pan on top of another one. I’m also watching a lot of movies, with copious amounts of Oreo mint ice cream and my lactose-intolerant stomach. (Worth it.) Because classes haven’t started yet, I also baked up a dozen cinnamon rolls and brownies that were more chocolate than anything else. My friends cringed a little at the brownies (they weren’t that sweet, and they were really, really dark chocolate. Really dark), which I didn’t mind, as I finished the entire batch by myself in two days.
I thought I would do today’s sketchaday as a master copy, so I rifled through Light and Color and found one of Walter Everett’s pieces. In high school, I used to think that Chuck Close was the One and Only deity of the art world, but thankfully that view has broadened for the better.
Here is the original:
Look at the colour! How can you not choose these to study?
This is me at 30 minutes:
The merchant looks more pained than mischievous, and his barely-there hands have a Trump-esque smallish quality to them, but I guess my salvation point is that I used the limited palette that I think (?) Everett used (look, ma, no white!). And the OG Photoshop angle brush, but I’m fairly certain that Everett had more than one brush type, so that was really my loss…
The hardest thing for me when reproducing oils with digital work is the brushstroke opacity. That, and the wetness of the paint. I’m pretty sure that there is a way to work around that, but I haven’t figured it out without my work looking like a wet seal had just flopped and threw up all over my screen.
Just for kicks, me at 20 minutes:
Yeah, I’m not sure what went on there either.