Self Portrait in a Straw Hat, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun.
A stunning self portrait by one of my favorite underrated painters.
Vigée Le Brun had an uncanny ability to make the fashionably pale skin of her female portrait subjects, herself included, almost luminescent.
This is apparently a copy she made of an earlier version of the same composition, itself inspired by Rubens’ portrait (possibly of Susanne Lunden) titled Le Chapeau de Paille.
This version is in the National Gallery, London. Use the fullscreen arrows and zoom controls to the right of the image to zoom way in on the portrait.
I love the way she has skillfully blended pale yellows and reds with the subtle blue-greens in the shadows, moving effortlessly from warm to cool passages, in modeling her calmly focused and strikingly beautiful face.
Eye candy indeed.
Edwin Rhemrev is a visual development artist based in the Nertherlands who works in the fields of gaming and theme park design.
His website has galleries of his work in sections for environments and characters, as well as a sketchbook. Rhemrev also maintains a blog on which you can find works in progress, news of upcoming projects, and more annotation to the images than you will find on the website.
Rhemrev’s drawings and sketches have that wonderful springy, loose kind of style you often encounter in good visual development artists, with a lot of freedom and action on top of a solid foundation of draftsmanship.
Some of his color work is bright and energetic, while much is subdued and moody, and often rendered very effectively in monochrome.
As I frequently find with concept and visual development artists, some of my favorite pieces are among Rhemrev’s personal projects, where he can let his imagination roam with out the constraints of client requirements.
These include his fun take on the thought of what a hypothetical sequel to The Incredibles might look like (images above fourth from bottom).
I also particularly enjoy his digital plein air sketches of locations in The Hague (above, bottom two).