100 Days of Art History Jinjins


Pallas Athena

After I'd done a bunch of these, I knew more about art history and thought I'd better look into Rembrandt. He was also a serial self-portraitist and people love his work for its psychological insight. I don't know if this is one of his best paintings ever, but I've always liked Athena, so I went for it.

This was an interesting exercise in trying to replicate the goopy texture, imprecise brushwork, and earth colors that Rembrandt is known for in a very precise, decidedly non-goopy digital medium. It was very hard. I'm not super satisfied with the results, but I definitely learned a lesson here.

This was the last of the mini-series of 10 portraits that were focused on the face and likeness. I definitely learned a lot, and it made me feel better about drawing my face in all kinds of contexts in future artworks.

Reference image is from Wikipedia. It is now at the Caloust Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon.

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