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Vermeer - study in pencil by Jan Szymczuk

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Medium: Pencil (7H pencul and Pentel P205 0.5mm 2B lead
Paper: Goldline Bristol board
Size: A3 size 420mm x 297mm (16.5”x11.7”)
Duration: 12 hours

Finally finished this epic study today after approximately working over five days. I have covered every square centimetre of this beautiful painting in sketching this study. I think I finally understand something of the process Vermeer used to get this painting looking the way he did.

Hopefully this practice on this study will stand me in good stead when I begin to repaint this subject again in oils. I have learned how he has structured his shadows, his tones and can fully appreciate the lighting he uses to make this portrait stand out as it does. So I’ll have to start getting my oils ready for stage two of this journey I’ve decided to undertake.

I have never enjoyed myself so much with a sketch as I have with this pencil study. Vermeer was, Ihinks, a class of artist, that stands head and shoulders above his fellow contemparies, simply for the dedication and patience he used in his paintings.

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I`m really a self taught artist. A Geordie lad, hailing from a small mining village called Pegswood in Northumberland, originally, from Polish parents. I now live in Stannington, Northumberland, where I’m enjoying all that retirement has to offer.

I am available for commissions, including portraiture, animals and also for one off caricatures, for hire to wedding receptions, parties, local schools, fun fairs and fetes etc.

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  • Cathy Amendola
    Cathy Amendolaalmost 4 years ago

    what a fantastic Idea put your amazing art in stages on a Tee shirt…Bravo!

  • Well it worth a try, not selling anything the normal way, maybe someone will wear my art!

    – Jan Szymczuk

    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 4 years ago

    Good one Teach’ !
    Better than some of the stuff on the market !

    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    great T

  • Carolyn Bishop
    Carolyn Bishopalmost 4 years ago


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