Rembrandt Master Copy With Ben Valentine
Our purpose in this project won’t be to make a perfect facsimile of a painting, but rather, we’ll be using the loose structural process mentioned above as a guideline through which we can explore and discover our own unique style of brushwork, layering and form expression.
While we’ll be referencing historical materials, we will not shy away from making full use of the modern materials that are available to us. Rembrandt most certainly would have done the same. Modern best practices will be discussed and we’ll go over everything we can do to make our paintings last the test of time. I’m very excited to spend some quality time learning from Rembrandt and hope you will join me.
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Ben Valentine is self-describe artist, educator and technique nerd. In 2021 he won the Rembrandt Competition. With the image below. Here is account of the creation.
12″x12″ Oil on Panel. Copy after Rembrandt’s “Self Portrait at the Age of 34”
My goal with this copy was to learn more about indirect painting techniques and to attempt to emulate some of the micro variation that Rembrandt achieves in his various textures.
The next stage was basically a colored dead painting anyway and I could have just started with color and just keyed it lighter.
I found it very easy to get bedazzled with all the color variation with the glazes and lose the big form modeling and drawing. I should have spent way more time resolving the drawing and forms in the grisaille or dead-coloring stage.
I probably lost 3 years off my lifespan trying to paint the shadow of the hat on the forehead and the brow furrow. It was brutes magoots.
But I think in the end, I did achieve my goal for the project of learning more about creating variation in texture and color in flesh.