More tonal composition studies of old master works. This set is from the month of February. Can you recognize any of the pieces?
“Tonal Composition Studies, Feb. 2012”, pen, marker and white pencil on toned paper.
A few years ago, I asked several Artists and teachers about an effective way to self-study. They all suggested doing tonal composition studies from old masters. Tonal Composition study is basically an exercise that develops observation skills. It teaches you how to observe, simplify and distil a complex image into big, simple shapes and 2-3 values.
Simplify, group and then simplfy some more is the lesson here. Below is an example of tonal composition studies I did from November 2011 to January 2012. These were drawn in my toned paper sketchbook, about 1-2 inches in size. See image below for complete materials list.
My daily tonal composition studies from November 2011 to January 2012.
My sketchbook and materials I typically sketch with. These are perfect for doing tonal studies and quick tonal renderings.
These past 2 years I’ve been working intently and almost exclusively on foundation skills: ie. traditional drawing and painting. Part of that traditional training is regular studies of the old masters.
I recently got the privilege to see master sculptor Auguste Rodin’s work at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, CA. Since I have way more traditional drawings and paintings then digital/commercial work I’d like to start regularly posting sketchbook pages and other foundational studies.
“Rodin Study #1”, pen, marker and white pastel on toned paper.
“Rodin Study #2”, pen, marker and white pastel on toned paper.
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