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Postby Ambiguity » Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:10 pm

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Subject title: Joseph's Sketchbook (nsfw)

Your lighting and edge work has improved a lot since the first page. Way to go man, keep it up! :)

 

Postby Josephcow » Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:15 am

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Haven't posted in quite a while. Thanks ambi, and all who have commented, I really appreciate it!

I've been busy with a painting class I'm taking and haven't been working on my independent studies. I'm painting some copies of master paintings right now. This one is Juan de Pareja by Velasquez. I'm learning a lot, though it's not necessarily a perfect replica of the original painting, but I'm supposed to be learning about more general principles anyway. I think I will mess around with it some more and try and create some similar effects as I see. It kind of looks like I made the face too thin as well, I might be able to fix that, too.

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One of the things that I'm really excited about with this is the success of the value composition. The three tones read so beautifully when I desaturate the picture, and I think that's what it's all about.

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Postby Josephcow » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:09 am

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I keep coming back to this picture. It's the picture that represents me online. Well, as the way I see things changes, I think the picture should change with it. This represents a year and a half of my progress! Every day I'm trying to shed some of the wool over my eyes. Not literally of course, I'll never cut my hair!

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Postby Josephcow » Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:05 am

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Another really quick composition study of Sargent's Italian Girl. I kind of messed up the drawing on this one and had to cut it up and move some things around :/
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Postby Josephcow » Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:37 am

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another day another naked lady
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Postby Josephcow » Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:19 am

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Just a little update of what I'm working on these days. I found an online tutor that is atelier trained who is helping me out. I'm pretty happy with this form study. The glare is a little distracting I apologize.
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Postby Josephcow » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:07 am

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Some of my new paintings
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Postby fi_le » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:07 am

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The last one's brilliant, I wish I could do eyelids like that. Do you have advice for eyelid plebs like me?
...you see, it's supposed to be fi_le like the file from the computer... the one where you put the data things in.

my sketchbook on here and my Instagram

 

Postby Josephcow » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:35 pm

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fi_le wrote:The last one's brilliant, I wish I could do eyelids like that. Do you have advice for eyelid plebs like me?


:lol: thank you. I liked this model because her eyes are very round. The eyelids have to show that there is a ball underneath them, even on people where it's not as apparent.

 

Postby arodude » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:39 pm

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I really enjoy the shadows in your paintings. They're well designed.

 

Postby Josephcow » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:28 am

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arodude wrote:I really enjoy the shadows in your paintings. They're well designed.

Thanks!

 

Postby Polymath » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:52 pm

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they are not digital, are they?
thats impressive, especially when you have a painting of yourself, that you then can hang up on the wall for everyone to see, thats reeally cool! :D

 

Postby Josephcow » Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:12 pm

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Polymath wrote:they are not digital, are they?
thats impressive, especially when you have a painting of yourself, that you then can hang up on the wall for everyone to see, thats reeally cool! :D


Nope, oil paintings :)

And yeah, probably won't be hanging that up in my house as i don't love myself that much. But I did think it's a neat study.

 

Postby Josephcow » Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:29 pm

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I'm at the end of college. Photo one is a (failed) attempt at painting a sketch of a metal lampshade from around the beginning of college, I remember giving up in frustration because I couldn't get it to look like anything. photo two is from this month. Neither are great, but I quite literally see the world differently now.
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Postby fi_le » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:29 am

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God Joseph, this post is the painter equivalent of heroin; I'll never see one of these weight loss comparison posts more satisfying than that kind of progress! How long were you in college?
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Postby Josephcow » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:47 pm

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fi_le wrote:God Joseph, this post is the painter equivalent of heroin; I'll never see one of these weight loss comparison posts more satisfying than that kind of progress! How long were you in college?


Ha thanks. It was just a total coincidence that the two pictures are almost exactly comparable. I was in college 4 years. 4 very long years.

 

Postby Josephcow » Sun May 19, 2019 11:01 pm

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I noticed to forum was down earlier, I wonder what that's about. Doing a little study of Ruben's Goddess of Health
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Postby ehlihr » Fri May 24, 2019 3:14 am

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these are genuinely beautiful. fantastic job. you can see how much work has come into these studies and it pays off nicely!! last came to this sketchbook nearly two years ago. its fantastic progress
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Postby Josephcow » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:25 am

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Haven't uploaded in a while. I had to kind of get my life back together after graduating, getting a new job. I've been working on my painting, though. I've done some still life, a copy of part of Drouiais' wounded roman soldier, and a new commission I'm working on. My phone takes terrible pictures so hopefully I can upload a better one when its further along.


I've been really trying to master the basics of form in all mediums. I think i've learned a lot from the Douais study though I'm not totally happy with it. I think the hand looks too small even though I noticed it before and tried to fix it. The surface quality of the painting is okay, but there are all these gaps where I've painted up to a boundary but not over it, which isn't great. I don't know how to apply paint to get that really nice, solid look that the Academic paintings had. I tried to use chalk, but it didn't seem to do much.

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I don't know if it seems stupid to say, since I seem to be getting more, and more important commissions, but I really do consider myself a beginner of sorts. Every time I do a painting it's sort of an experiment. I know what I want to happen but I don't know how exactly how or why things work. I'm only just now really understanding the fundamentals of drawing and shading. I still look at this painting by Sargent and think "How the hell?", being only marginally closer to being able to do it myself.

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I think I will improve much faster now that I'm out of school though. Even though I tried really hard to follow my bent, I really couldn't put in the study the way I know it ought to be. I was always prevented from really learning to paint traditionally because, ya know, "contemporary art". Kind of a ranty post, but it's mostly just for myself.


I looked back through my entire sketchbook, and I got a really weird feeling. I really don't recognize my own art from years ago, it feels like I'm looking at someone else's stuff.
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Postby Josephcow » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:36 am

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Postby Josephcow » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:33 am

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Another year another selfie. I try to remember to do impressionist paintings from life because as I go deeper and deeper into academic studying, i've been not doing enough of what I actually wanted to be good at in the first place.

Looking through my sketchbook, what has been missing always in my artwork is the ability to make things look round. I have been working on this problem probably every day for the past few years and I think I'm finally getting it.

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Looking back at my older work, some of it is kind of interesting, but my attempts at modeling form are all choppy. That doesn't work. I think I was kind of into the idea of planes being really important. I'm not really sure. For example, from 2016-ish, not my best look. :?

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