I decided I wanted to look into classical fantasy paintings or self portraiture. Ive always found self portraits interesting because its intriguing to study how the artist chooses how to capture themselves on the canvas.
Naturally I got online, began sourcing images and collating them in mood boards about each particular artist.
At first I was keen on doing the top right painting, but I tried to emulate his pose and found it very un natural. Too much exaggerated twisting of the neck in relationship to his shoulders which I found very uncomfortable. So in the end I settled on the bottom right one, which was an earlier self portrait I believe.
Im glad I chose this one because it had even more drama than the first and the pose was slightly more manageable though three times as complex!
I took a picture of myself and began in digital studying from it and Courbet's work to produce this:
As you can see I focused on gaining the values first the worked into detail. Lastly adding colour on a colour layer.
|Final image- A self Portrait in the style of Gustave Courbet|