Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ilya Repin

Here's a study after the great Russian artist, Ilya Repin. The original oil painting is called The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mahmoud IV and measured 358 × 203 cm (140.93 × 79.91 in). My study is 20 x 30 inches and the materials were charcoal pencil on smooth newsprint, which means in about 20 years it will yellow and probably fall apart. I spent about 100 hours on this over the course of 5 weeks and learned a lot about composition, drawing, values, proportion, pencil handling, observing, and most of all, patience. When I did this, I didn't have a real art studio, so I would set up a large drawing board in the tiny dining room of my apartment each morning and work until I couldn't focus my eyes anymore each evening. For background noise, I played all 10 seasons of Friends on dvd. Every episode. Twice. I think having human voices and a laugh track in the background made me feel like a normal person rather than a pathetic artist slaving away at his craft.


Israel said...

That's what an artist is all about... but man oh man that's good stuff. Ill get there soon enough.

Corinne Quinones said...

I heard this was Leonardo Da Vinci's blog, so I came to visit. (lol)

Great job Dzu, a great example of why I ask for you to be one of my art teachers =)

John Zeleznik said...

Wow! Amazing work and excellent dedication!