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Jove Wang, the artist behind this stunning collection, believes in capturing the essence of his subjects through meticulous planning and the use of colors that evoke deep emotions. His creative process can be broken down into a few simple steps that bring his paintings to life:
Step 1: Begin with a reference photo and sketch out the basic shapes and composition. This step sets the foundation for the artwork.
Step 2: Develop the value pattern, emphasizing the contrast between light and dark areas. Wang is passionate about this stage, as it adds depth and perspective to his paintings.
Step 3: Wang uses a color sketch to establish warm and cool areas within the painting, adding vibrant color notes that emphasize his love for varied hues.
Wang's distinctive style is marked by his emphasis on color variation and his frequent use of a palette knife to create subtle effects, particularly in areas away from the focal point. He carefully sculpts faces by playing with warm and cool differences, all while ensuring that his dark pigments remain rich and translucent.
For Wang, composition takes precedence over everything else. He starts with the structure of the painting, followed by color and value contrasts. His brushwork, lines, and masses come next, with the subject matter and mood rounding out the process.
Wang also has a unique technique of blending and layering paint in specific areas. In some parts, like scarves and flowers, he applies thick paint with a palette knife, blends it with a brush, and then adds more layers, all without obliterating what came before.
Wang's palette is organized with dark colors on one side and light colors on the other. He loves mixing warm and cool pigments from opposite sides to create harmonious blends. He often holds his brush loosely for a more expressive touch and can eliminate harsh brushstrokes by skillfully flicking the brush.
Wang doesn't hesitate to use his thumb to blend unwanted brushstrokes, ensuring that every part of the painting is harmonious. Before starting a piece, he spends time contemplating the model and the emotions he wants to convey, keeping that feeling alive throughout the painting.
In his own words, "Don't be too calm when you paint; infuse your passion into it," but never forget the importance of understanding form and structure.
Wang's brushstrokes are all about power and variety. He uses thick paint to bring forward certain elements and thin paint to push others into the background. He plays with various brushstroke styles, from calligraphy-like strokes to big and small ones, offering a rich tapestry of textures and shapes.
In this captivating book, Jove Wang's art comes to life in a way that everyone can appreciate. It's a testament to his passion, skill, and dedication to his craft.