WIP Vermeer Study II

Jan Szymczuk

Stannington, United Kingdom

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Okay, this is simply to show you how far I’ve got on my current project, a study of Vermeer’s The girl with the pearl earring in pencil.

I am finding the tones and shades in this beautiful Vermeer, are some of the toughest I’ve ever attempted. Unlike a sketch of an animal or a person where I normally only ever use a photo reference and the only precedence is my take on the reference source. Here I am trying to sketch trying to match one of the great masters where the precendence has already been set. I’m so pleased I have decided to do this pencil study before I attempt to paint this in oils.

I am finding so much detail in every piece of flesh and garments, I can honestly say that I am really beginning to appreciate the work (and committment) Vermeer had put into this portrait. The folds in the shoulder (I’m finding) are as delicate as the reflections in the simple earring. This earring itself is only a suggestion, there are no definite edges to it. The whole earring is only really visible by it’s reflections.

Without doubt this is fast becoming one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever attempted in a long time, the worry I normally have over whether or not the client will like the finished piece has been replaced by the my own standards of how accurate I can make trhis study. I keep constrantly checking how close I can get to Vermeer, how subtle his shadows are how delicate the skin is. If you’ve never done this, I would highly recommend it as one of the few preocesses left where you can almost communicate with one of the great master.

I’m still using only two pencils, a hard 7H and a 2B 0.5mm Pentel.

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