Open Figure Drawing Workshop - Sorolla, Zorn, Leon Master Copy - with Rebeccak 017


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 [b]OFDW 017: May 21 - June 18th, 2006[/b]
 Welcome to the SEVENTEENTH thread of the Open Figure Drawing Workshop!!! 
                                        This workshop is open to any medium and any style. Some informal moderation 
                                             will be gladly provided by Rebecca Kimmel ~ however, the purpose of the
                                             Workshop is for Artists to interact with and informally critique one another’s work.
                                               Due to the popularity and outstanding success of the previous Master Copy Workshops, we will be continuing this week with another Master Copy Workshop! This week we will be working from a choice of 6 new Master Paintings by Sorolla, Zorn, Leon, and 2 Photographs courtesy of Hong Ly: 
                          Note: This Workshop will last 4 weeks. 

[color=LemonChiffon] Reference Sources:

Hong Ly Reference Photos can be found here:

            [b]                      Choice 1: (See below for links)[/b]
                [size=2]Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923)
                Un arabe examinando una pistola [An Arab Examining a Pistol]
                Oil on canvas, 1881    
              [size=3][>>LINK 1<<](  [>>LINK 2 (Same Reference as LINK 1)<<](
                [/size][/color][/size][b]Choice 2: (See below for links)[/b]
                Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923)
                Tres cabezas de estudio [Three head studies]
                Oil on linen, 1887
              [/size][size=2][size=3][>>LINK 1<<](  [>>LINK 2 (Same Reference as LINK 1)<<]([/size][/size]
                [/size][b]Choice 3: [/b][color=Orange][b](See below for links)[/b]
                Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923)
                Beach at Valencia
                Oil on canvas, 1908
              [/size][size=2][size=3][>>LINK 1<<](  [>>LINK 2 (Same Reference as LINK 1)<<]([/size][/size]
                [/size][b]Choice 4: (See below for links)[/b]
                Anders Zorn (1860-1920)
                Oil on canvas, 1898
              [/size][size=2][size=3][>>LINK 1<<](  [>>LINK 2 (Same Reference as LINK 1)<<]([/size][/size]
                [/size][b]Choice 5: (See below for links)[/b]
                [size=2]Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)
                Black Bashi-Bazouk
                Oil on canvas, c.1869
              [/size][size=2][size=3][>>LINK 1<<](  [>>LINK 2 (Same Reference as LINK 1)<< (Updated - Larger)]( thanks to hiiri for the link![/size][/size]
                [/size][b] Choice 6: (See below for links)[/b]
                Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)
                Pelt Merchant of Cairo
                Oil on canvas, 1869
              [/size][size=2][size=3][>>LINK 1<<](  [>>LINK 2 (Same Reference as LINK 1)<<]([/size][/size]
                [b]Choice 7: [/b][color=Orange][b](See below for links)
         [/b][/color][size=2]Hong Ly Reference Photo 1 - Female Nude:[/size]
              [[size=2][size=3]>>LINK<<[/size][/size]]([size=2][size=3] [/size][/size]
                 [b]Choice 8: (See below for links)
         [/b][size=2]Hong Ly Reference Photo 2 - Female Nude:[/size]
                [[size=2][size=3]>>LINK<<[/size][/size][size=2][size=3] [/size][/size]](
           [color=LemonChiffon][b]RULES FOR THE THREADS[/b][/u][/color]
                                                                                [left]1. Photographs are the property of []( and [](
                                                                 2. The drawings created from the photo reference provided here MUST be TASTEFUL,SINCERE, RESPECTFUL, and for the purpose of serious study of the human figure. Those who post silly, disrespectful, or tasteless work will have their posts deleted immediately and will no longer be allowed to post on this thread. Rebecca Kimmel reserves the right to determine which drawings are considered to be in poor taste and / or disrespectful to the Reference used here in the OFDWs. There is NO TIME LIMIT for posting on this thread. 
                 3. Typically, new threads containing new photographs will be posted on a bi-weekly basis ~ however, for this Workshop, 4 weeks will be allowed before the next OFDW. 
                         4. There is NO LIMIT to the NUMBER of posts an artist may make. However, we ask that you post only your BEST WORK, even if it is considered unfinished.
                         5. Artists who post comments and critiques of other artists' work on this thread must be RESPECTFUL, POLITE, and offer CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM. Flaming will be NOT be tolerated, and constitutes dismissal from this and other threads.
                 6. I will be offering the occasional comments / critique ~ however, the main focus of the Open Figure Drawing Workshop threads should be on Group Critique and interaction. :)
                         7. ANY MEDIUM or STYLE may be used: Traditional or Digital Drawing or Painting, Gestural, Sketch, Finished Render, etc.
                         8. EDIT: 3D Artists who wish to use the reference for 3D models are free to do so. I just ask that you post your work here as well as in any 3D forum in which you post your work.
                         9. Please limit the SIZE of your POSTS to 800 pixels WIDTH x Appropriate pixel LENGTH. No huge posts, please!
                                                       10. Have fun, enjoy, and create great art! :) 
                              [size=3]PLEASE NOTE: WIP (Work In Progress) images are an important part of the OFDWs and are encouraged. [color=LemonChiffon][b]Please DO post WIP[/b] images as you work on your pieces. :)
     [b][size=3][color=Orange]PLEASE NOTE THAT TRACING IS NOT ALLOWED! 
    Tracing constitutes cheating on CGTalk, and traced work is not accepted into CGTalk's Galleries. Please freehand draw and paint. Use of a Grid is accepted. :)
  EDIT: Please be sure to check out the best work from OFDW 016!
  [>>SPOTLIGHT: Best of OFDW 016<<](
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                                                                               [/u]                                                             [left]Good luck! :)


This is a fantastic selection. Am all over it! I know I say it for a lot of people when I say thanks again Rebecca for pushing us to to use our creative juices. If I could, I’d pay you for you teach me more than my teachers in my art school.


Thanks Queenie ~ really looking forward to this one! :slight_smile: Thanks for helping me to select the images for this one! :thumbsup:




This is so awesome! Wonderful selection, thank you so much!

I can’t wait to get started :smiley: I wonder which one to choose, hehe.


Heya hiiri,

Can’t wait to see the fantastic stuff you’ll produce! :thumbsup:

Cheers, :slight_smile:



I wish I had time to jump in one this. I am trying to finish my portfolio DVD before the Massive Black Workshop in Montreal. The date is closing in on me fast though : (

Are you going to keep at these for a while Becks?



Each OFDW runs 4 weeks if we are working from a Master Copy, and 2 weeks if working from photo reference. Lately we’ve been doing Master Copies, and we’re on the 17th installment of the OFDWs in a continuously running sequence. They’ll be here for you when you return. :slight_smile: I really hope you can participate in one! :thumbsup:




okay cool.

Here’s a start then… I was just messing around with zhuzhu’s brush and settings. Maybe I can finish it someday : p


Wow, Shay, super fast! Any more updates before MB? :deal:

Cheers, :slight_smile:



as soon as I finish OFDW16 i will start working on the Black Bashi-Bazouk I just love that piece!


Vey nice se7en-z3r0, his muscles are looking real good!

Here’s a quick (and rather hasty) first sketch. I just downloaded Blender and I’m playing with it!

Funny, I started doing a copy of a Bouguereau painting earlier, before I saw this thread. Now that will have to wait :smiley:



We need that final piece from you, stat! :smiley:


Looking good, fantastic to see you aboard this one! :slight_smile:




Rebecca // QueenSoul …:thumbsup: :bounce: :slight_smile:




Please be sure to check out the best work from OFDW 016!

[size=2][color=Orange][size=3]>>SPOTLIGHT: Best of OFDW 016<<[/size][/color][/size]

[/color][/size][left]Thanks to all who worked hard and contributed to OFDW 016!

Cheers, :slight_smile:



Thanks for putting me up there Becca! I’m in this ofcourse too, going with ref 2 for the moment. I also have a specific question; I downloaded Ghoro’s brushes. But in which folder on my computer do I have to put them to be able to use them in PS? Thanks!



You’re welcome!

It doesn’t really matter where you put your brushes ~ just make sure you know where you’ve put them so you can browse to them easily.

To load a library of preset brushes:

Choose one of the following from the Brush pop-up palette menu or Brushes palette menu:
[li]Load Brushes to add a library to the current list. Select the library file you want to use, and click Load.[/li]> [li]Replace Brushes to replace the current list with a different library. Select the library file you want to use, and click Load.[/li]> [li]A library file (displayed at the bottom of the palette menu). Click OK to replace the current list, or click Append to append the current list.[/li]> [/ul]Note: You can also use the Preset Manager to load and reset brush libraries. For more information, see Managing libraries with the Preset Manager (Photoshop).

To return to the default library of preset brushes:

Choose Reset Brushes from the Brush pop-up palette menu or Brushes palette menu. You can either replace the current list or append the default library to the current list.

Cheers, :slight_smile:



I think its about time I get in on some of this action.

… I’ll have to wait until work stops hassling me. :frowning:


Thanks, Rebecca. It works!

A quick start on one of the three portraits. This time I didn’t do a sketch but tried to block in the masses straightaway. I tried to imitate the flashy, bold style of the portrait. I absolutely adore this guys style (and I had never heard of him before!). It took an hour or so in PS (no color picking from the original ofcourse).


These are very exciting and, though I am probably the least of the artists here, I thought I would give this a try. I am between probjects at the moment. I decided on:

[size=2]Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)
Black Bashi-Bazouk
Oil on canvas, c.1869

This should be very difficult for me because I am not a “painter” at all, so we shall see how I do. I mainly do RT3D models and environments :slight_smile: .

BTW - Someone mentioned [/size]Ghoro’s brushes … that they downloaded them. Where would I find these? Did I miss them in this thread somewhere?



Looking forward to your contribution! :slight_smile:


Fantastic start, can’t wait to see you develop this! :slight_smile:

Dan Silverman,

Welcome aboard! Beginners are always welcome, the goal here is simply to improve with practice. :slight_smile: You can find Goro’s brushes here:

Sketch tutorials, hints and brushes

Looking forward to seeing your work! Remember that this thread is about WIP, so feel free to post your work in progress pieces as you go.

Cheers, :slight_smile: