There is a method I follow when roughing in skin for the underpainting portion of a painting, which you can see starting in the last photo. 1. Rough in the shadows 2. Smooth with a clean brush 3. Sharpen up the edges, either by erasing with mineral spirits or by adding dark lines 4. Redefine the shadows
Vermeer only became famous in the 19th Century and I have a theory as to why. He is known as the Painter of Light (not to be confused with Thomas Kincade!) and it is true that he nailed the tonal values, but the skin in the figures looks dull. The skin appears greyish yellow, with very little pink, if any at all. The figures seem to lack a liveliness, as if there is no blood running through their veins, and that may not have been appealing to many viewers in the 17th C. Perhaps many more people today appreciate the quietness of the figures most of all, after getting a full day outside in the busy world, and they are ready to ignore the zombie skin tones.
Seeing Rembrandt’s brushstrokes was a privilege today. He focuses your eye upon the sitter’s face through spotlighting and by changing the brushstrokes to be sharper and smaller, and the white highlights are impasto (almost as if he took dry paint off the palette and stuck it to the canvas). The hands were rough swipes with a large brush done with such confidence! What a master.
So, I’m giving this Vero thing a go - there are a bunch of things that are frustrating with IG, and hey, the first million accounts are free, so what’s to lose? They say that Vero is better platform for creatives to show their work. For now I’ll post both here and on Vero to see if it takes off. #vero#oilpainting#narrativepainting#artist#art#artistsoninstagram
When I started going to an open drawing session a couple months ago, I showed Matt some drawings and he said "Huh, I thought you'd be better at this." (!!!) @nateseay told me last night that he had a rocky start too and he does some of the most beautiful portraiture I've ever seen. It just goes to show that the key to being an excellent draughtsman is practice, practice, practice.