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Color Study (Gerome – Arab Caravan)

gerome arab caravan study painting reproduc

This was a hard study. Not the actual painting BUT the fact that my laptop broke and I had to do most of this on a iPad. Thankfully I was able to finish this on a friend’s computer but he didn’t have Photoshop on it so I used a little paint program called myPaint. It took a little adapting as it didn’t have nearly the same amount of customization as Photoshop brushes. But I like it. myPaint has a infinite canvas, a strange thing for a raster painting program to have.

The coolest thing I have learned from these studies so far is that the painters never use pure black or white in the shadows or highlights. Instead the painter will use a complementary color or a grey tone. there will always be some bounce (or fill) light in the shadow that is the sky’s color or of  a close by object.

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Portrait of a suit of armor c1530

armor renassance 1500s painting portrait stil life figure human armour black and white painting digital artwork

Drawing armor is surprisingly fun. This suit of armour is also from the 1500s. I really like Artrage’s oil brush tool. It is very flexible. I will try the watercolors next.

I messed up a little on the plate on right side, the breast plate could use some refining. Setting a time limit is both a blessing and a curse, It helps you focus on what is important and vital to the piece which makes you faster but also forces you to leave things out as well. A true Catch 22

For my research I was having difficulty finding a person wearing a helmet on wikimedia but I found plenty of images with suits of armor in museums. I know it’s more of a still life then a portrait due to no one actually wearing the armor . But since the helmet is something a person would wear over his/her head and it would cover the face anyway so I am making a exception and including them with my portraits.  the photo I used as a reference is here http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WLA_cma_Suit_of_armor_c_1530_steel_.jpg

Non art related.  I remember as a kid watching a animated feature film about OZ, I found out what it was called. ‘Journey Back to OZ‘. Unfortunately Gregg Rolie or Steve Perry are not in this movie :D.  It was created by the same animation company the did ‘Masters of the Universe’. I kid you not. I watched a segment of it on Youtube, I remember it being much better. It has mandatory cheesy songs. One was with a signpost singing about how he has no clue where he is. I kid you not (x2). Nostalgia can be a cruel mother. It DOES get bonus points due to having a humanoid pumpkin guy. I currently have no interest in seeing the new OZ movie.  I think it’s the sarcastic winged monkey. I kid you not (x3000)

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Portrait of 15th century armor (armour)

15th century armor painting figure still life

I thought I would paint in a different app this evening. The app is called Artrage 4, and paint program that emulates natural media such as oils, markers, and watercolor. In the past I have been using old versions of the software for years on my PC and my iPad but haven’t touched artrage in about a year. .Artrage is cheaper and creates better results compared to it’s rival Corel Painter. It’s interface is also quicker and easier to read then Painter. Since I paint a lot by manually changing the transparency of the brushes in Photoshop, so I had to approach painting in Artrage differently. the nice thing about the oil brush this that it paints the color and smudges the colors below it, so it was actually it felt quicker painting in Artrage and easier to get that ‘reflected look’. I painted directly to the canvas with no prelim sketch, just to try something different. I will be painting in Artrage for my head paintings from now on, it’s refreshing change.

Technically since the armour in the reference photo was in a museum and no one was wearing it, this portrait would technically be a ‘still life’, so lets just pretend someone is in there 😀

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Late_15th-century_armour.jpg

Painted in Artrage with a Wacom tablet
Time Spent: 50 minuntes