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Sargent Ant

A digital painting assignment in which we had to use an old master's portrait painting, and combine that with an animal. I used John Singer Sargent's portrait of Johannes Wolff as a reference portrait, and an ant as the animal.

Sketch studies of reference material to get a better understanding of the ant's form and anatomy.

Sketch studies of reference material to get a better understanding of the ant's form and anatomy.

A quick pose sketch which didn't work out, and some more sketch studies to get more familiar with the anatomy of the ant and violin.

A quick pose sketch which didn't work out, and some more sketch studies to get more familiar with the anatomy of the ant and violin.

A revised sketch for the pose of the figure. The head worked better in this version, but I felt the proportions were a bit off. The figure was too skinny when compared to the referenced portrait and the arms all wonky.

A revised sketch for the pose of the figure. The head worked better in this version, but I felt the proportions were a bit off. The figure was too skinny when compared to the referenced portrait and the arms all wonky.

The finalized line art.

The finalized line art.

A "quick" pencil rendered value study gone haywire.

A "quick" pencil rendered value study gone haywire.

After doing a color comp based on the original colors of the master's portrait, we are required to do 3 different color comps using the same lighting setup, but changing the color and ambiance of the portrait using the same technique.

After doing a color comp based on the original colors of the master's portrait, we are required to do 3 different color comps using the same lighting setup, but changing the color and ambiance of the portrait using the same technique.

An alternate color version.

An alternate color version.