This week's assignment in #Devious-Deadlines
is "inspiration." We were to do a piece that was in the style of (or homage to, or however you want to call it) of an artist who inspires us.
I decided not to go with an artist here on dA. In fact, I didn't go with a single artist at all. However, I tried to bring the sensibilities of the French Impressionist school into my painting. It's my first time attempting it, so I know I didn't do such a great job, but I'm mostly satisfied.
I used ArtRage for this, because I was pretty sure I would take advantage of its medium-modeling properties. I was right.
The picture is of my daughter, age 13, dressed up for a dance recital, outdoors on a wooded path.
I gave myself a few rules for this:
1) single layer (not counting my sketch). This went as planned.
2) a la prima - no coming back later, no working on "dry paint" (see point #1)
3) No eraser. This one was almost a success. There comes a point where you can no longer adjust colors or shapes because there's too much paint on the canvas. This holds true in ArtRage. So when I'd have been scraping my canvas w/ a palette knife IRL, I used the eraser tool. I think I used it 3 times, all on the face.
4) No large color fields. Like the Impressionists, I tried to stay with short strokes and dabs of color, and let them mix on the canvas.
5) Pay close attention to light colors and reflected light. Light is basically the heart of the Impressionist style.
It was difficult but really fun.
My main gripes are the facial anatomy, and the way the path came out. I missed on giving the path its proper texture somehow.
I'm particularly pleased with: the satin sleeves/bodice area, and the left side of the trees in the background. The reflections on the hat came out pretty well, too.EDIT - Came back to this, and tried to capture some of what I missed, including the light on her face, the hair texture, and the highlight from the sun behind her. I also updated the path, I like this better.