I had some time to work on my digital painting skills. I’ve really liked this John Singer Sargent painting, entitled “Head of a Capri Girl”, and wanted to try a copy of it for some time. My drawing is slightly off, I know, but I was more focused on getting a close representation. Since I’m new to this I thought I would start off the way I do when painting with oil. I started with the palette. Without a good palette set up, I find I do nothing but struggle with a painting. I would consider this a complimentary palette with a strong emphasis on purple and yellow. Below are my steps as I completed it. I love the thick layer of paint that Sargent uses for the lights. There was no way I could match that perfectly. The goal here was to be as accurate with color and value as I could with the 3 hours I had.
This past Spring I read The Big Burn, by Timothy Egan, about the beginnings of the Forest Service by Roosevelt and Pinchot and the fire of 1910 that took out millions of acres of forest land in Idaho and surrounding states. It was quite a read and I totally recommend it. Hundreds of railroad workers, miners and settles died in the fire. The first hand accounts and descriptions pieced together by Egan burned a vision of the incident in my mind. I’ve played with some thumbnail sketches and quick color comps before I finally decided to devote some tie to the painting. I’m creating in in Photoshop, in hopes of becoming a better digital painter. Here are some of the steps
Here I started adding more detail. Some people had to resort to climbing into mine shafts risking suffocation while others scrambled into shallow rivers during the drought that occurred over the summer. Winds blew upwards of 100 mph and trees were falling all around.
I’m working in color now, slowly filling in more details. I found no reference of the characters scrambling to get into the water so I shot some video reference of myself. We’ll see how that turns out. I still have a long ways to go. Hopefully I can finish it up soon. I’m open to critique if anyone wants to offer some.