Lesson 2

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The day will begin with a review of the topics covered in Lesson 1.

Exercise: tone and painting

Rembrandt.jpg

This exercise is simple: to paint a black and white copy of the Rembrandt painting.

  • Download the Rembrandt painting above (direct link is here).
  • Duplicate the image layer and desaturated it.
  • Make a new file exactly the same pixel dimension as the Rembrandt. The easiest way to do this is to select all (command A), copy (command c) and then make a new file. The size of the file will default to whatever is in your clipboard.
  • Start with a dark grey background (around the average value of the Rembrandt painting), not a white one. This grey will be your mid tone onto which you will apply your dark and light tones.
  • Place the two open windows next to each other (Window / Arrange / Tile All Vertically).
  • Paint a copy of the Rembrandt into this new file.

Remember:

  • Use the following tonal set: black, dark, mid, light, white. Other values will be blends of these.
  • Black and white are 'rare' values, do not over use them.
  • Details come last. Do not start with a super detailed rendering of the eye. To begin with, paint big and broad and establish the positive and negative space. After that, work down to the details.
  • Just as tones are 'three fold', so to are edges. An edge is hard, soft or diffuse. Edges are particular important in tonal painting, as they act to separate the tonal regions.
  • Evaluate by copy and pasting the original over your painting.
  • Work fast!
Important asset: This page has a lot of information on tone.

Assignment: Art Renewal

Your assignment is a duplicate of the class exercise: to do a tonal copy of a classic painting. Alternately, you may attempt a color painting. This assignment is due in week 4.

The painting should be sourced from this page (the favorite 255 painters list from Art Renewal org). Only images of paintings from this website will be accepted. You are to retain the original link and the artist's name for review in class.

Art Renewal org is curious thing: with its fanatical focus on figurative painting in the classical style, it behaves as if the last 100 years of art history has not happened. Nonetheless, they host a wonderful collection of digital reproductions of pre-modern art.