This Week, in our weekly Skype sketching sessions, Matt and I thought we would explore various portraiture styles, picking out a reference, using one of our favorite artists and spend two or three hours working towards the style.
Richard Schmid has a style that evokes a lot of emotion. I love the perception and the interpretation of the subject in a direct simplistic way. I think his vignetting helps you to focus on a particular moment in the character's life, a sharp and clear impression about a character without distracting you with too many details. James Gurney has a lot of interesting thoughts on vignetting.
I don't read a lot of comics, and I don't usually find most comic styles interesting. However, I'm fascinated with noir. Marcos Mateu-Mestre's Framed Ink, an engaging read, got me to explore this style. As a side note, I found it helpful to set the Angle Jitter to Pen Pressure and use a rake like brush, create random brush strokes and build on them. I ought to do more of these. It helps with my line quality and also to get a solid head construction and likeness in, before I dive into painting.
There are quite few classical styles I've been wanting to explore. Sfumato is one of them. The soft, blurred(almost smoke like) painting style gives it a nice atmospheric feel. Here's a quick study of Jean-Jacques Henner's 'Head of a Girl'.
Caricature is a really interesting way to go about studying features. Here, I was trying to combine an exaggerated style with the realistic lighting techniques of style of the Disney Interactive artists. Sam Nielson is one I keenly follow.