Philip Melanchthon, after Hans Holbein the Younger

Philip Melanchthon, after Hans Holbein the Younger

Oil on canvas panel, 5″ x 7″

This is Philip Melanchthon, a German reformer during the Protestant Reformation who co-labored along side Martin Luther. Luther was an outgoing preacher while Melanchthon was more of a gentle theologian. Among many other things, they preached justification through faith and salvation only through Christ by grace. Original painting here.

I’ve started practicing portraits and trying to work especially on flesh tones, which I’ve never been good at. The flesh colors here are transparent gold ochre, transparent red oxide, green earth, some tubed grey, and lots of zinc white and unbleached titanium white. I think the shading came out pretty well, but I didn’t get the subtle shifts of hue like in the original. The rest of the painting has some of those same paints plus raw umber, ivory black, ultramarine blue, and titanium white.

Also I’m trying to improve the resolution images are displayed here. If it worked right, people with high resolution screens have a clearer image without causing problems for other people. Let me know if it worked.

Lastly, it’s currently the first day of 2016 for me. I don’t normally do resolutions, but I made a few, and one of them is to be more frugal this year. With just a few exceptions I’ll try not to buy any new art supplies this entire year and instead make proper use of what I have on hand.

Jacob Blesses Joseph’s Sons (copy)

Jacob Blesses Joseph's Sons

Pencil and marker on paper, 6″ x 4″

This is a copy of a scene painted by Rembrandt, seen here. I drew this in pencil and then colored the background with some copic markers.

The scene here is from Genesis chapter 48. Jacob, on the left, was very old when this happened, and before dying he blessed all of his sons and also the two sons of his son Joseph. By inspiration Jacob knew to give Ephraim, the younger of the two grandsons, the greater blessing, seeing that his descendants would become greater than those of his older brother Manasseh.

As he blessed Joseph and his two sons he recalled all of the care with which God had guided him through his life, saying “God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, the Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” (Genesis 48:15, 16)

Figure Sketches 1

I was cleaning out the backlog of my RSS feeds for art sites (over 1500 messages left to sort through @_@) and I came across this site-

PIXELovely Figure & Gesture Drawing

I set the options to show me a new non-nude (you can select nude if you want) photo of either a male or female model once every 60 seconds (you can set different times). I then opened photoshop, had the windows positioned to see both the photoshop window and the photo in the browser window at once, and started drawing. After 60 seconds the photo automatically switched to a new one without me having to do anything and I switched to a new layer to start a new drawing.

Here’s 13 of the figure sketches that I made-

There’s also an apparently large section for animal photos too. If you want to pause, skip a photo, or go back to the previous one, there’s easy to use buttons too. I really like this site so far and I think I’ll be doing a lot of figure drawings now.