I just managed to squeeze in another master study of Goya here. This time a self-portrait I found online. To me, this was supposed to be one that took less effort or time, yet again, I seemed to go in and overwork it until it looked just like the original, or as close as can be, in the time I allotted myself and given the limitations of learning a new software. Again, I used KRITA software for this, used a different brush altogether, and sped myself up. I like how economy let me work a but fast on the larger value shapes. This was a good learning piece. It was about 1 hour this time. Getting closer, I think. One thing I noticed in this is that I have a hard time replicating small, thin, solid lines in a smooth manner. They consistently come out arthritic and squiggly. It might be that KRITA and my BAMBOO tablet are not jiving yet - or maybe I have more to learn about configuring them. Also, I seemed to have worked at only 2 zoom levels on this one, whereas, the others were more like 5-7.
As for what I "noticed" or "felt" about GOYA and his self-portrait is that it clearly is old and damaged. I don't think he actually had made such a rough portrait. Given that, emphasis is left with the focus on his white undergarments and bow-tie. While he worked those with the most crisp detail and a fair amount of contrast his eyes were laid in with soft, dark, and brooding tones. It sure seemed like there was odd cast light in the place he was painting. It is clear he wanted his white clothes and his eyes to work in unison in conveying a possible dichotomy in his personality, whether genuine or for play, I do not know. Again, with these masters, there is a theme of low depth of field with the focus on the face or a part of the body in these portraits.
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