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Day 7: Perfected Artists – Claudio Bravo

Claudio Bravo is a significant and perfected painter I discovered about four or five months ago. I say ‘perfected’ because from looking at his paintings, his finesse is perfect. What can one suggest he improve on? His paintings look as close to reality as humanly possible, and he painted challenging compositions and still life paintings. He has absolutely mastered painting elements like skin/flesh tones, drapery, wood, stone, glass, clouds, and more.

Here are some of his works…I encourage you to look on the web for more of his paintings…



This is a very crafty and skillful tribute to Vermeer’s ‘The Astronomer’…notice how now, the globe has been replaced with a telescope. Bravo!


The depiction of wood in these ‘Mortars and Pestles’ is impeccable.
By the way Mortar and Pestles(the wooden shaft and ‘bowl’ used for pounding) are staples in Africa. Very common in Nigeria. Claudio lived in Morocco, so I think this kitchen tool definitely is used there too.


Nice, luminous, glowing, smooth…like the Dutch Golden Age Masters’ painting style (e.g. Rubens)



Day 2 – On giving and getting back…verses from the Bible.

On my way to the atelier, I was reading Luke 6.

From my ‘guestimation’, Luke 6 is Luke’s own ‘Sermon on the Mount’…in some ways, similar to Matthew 5,6, and 7. Check out thes verses:

Luke 6: (Words of Christ)
v 30: Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. v 31: And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

These are really important concepts. One might ask, what if everyone takes my things? And I am not left with anything? Well, you don’t have to worry about that. Why? Please look at verse 38:

Luke 6:38: (Words of Christ)
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you”

2 Corinthians 9:6-8:
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity;
for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Today was good…in the morning session, I felt a little more comfortable drawing from the live model. Trying to be resourceful, I brought a tape measure from home, as well as a liquid level. I didn’t really use the liquid level, but I used the tape measure, since it’s always straight, can be held with one hand to compare horizontal points.

Below I have posted a picture of the model drawing today and my progress in the Bargue copy.

Some lessons for making Bargue copies:
– Use a plumb line, and from the shaded plate you’re trying to make a perfect copy of, you should even tape a plumb line to it – then draw a vertical line on your own sheet, which will be your own static ‘plumb line’, so you can accurately develop your drawing, using the plumb line as your main reference point.

– Use light, straight lines to ‘block-in’ the figure. These light lines will be easy to erase, without leaving dents in the paper, also, it will encourage you to keep tweaking it, until all the straight lines are at the right angles.

– Gradually add more detail. e.g. replace one sketched straight line with a more accurate curve.

– It is much more important to have the overall resemblance, than to render one part and have it looking great, but the overall drawing is inaccurate. e.g. it is better for the whole foot to look exactly like what you’re trying to copy, than to draw and shade one perfect toe, and have the rest of the foot looking like something else.

Here’s a photo of my works thus far:


Praise be to God.