Girl With a Red Hat – Rendition

I am currently taking a Painting for the Illustrator class. Our first assignment was to find a 15th-17th Century painting and use the same colors, but adjust it to make it our own. One of the first paintings I thought of was Girl With a Red Hat by Johannes Vermeer. I thought of this for one reason alone, that red hat. If I could make it glow in the final painting, it would be truly eye-catching.

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Girl With a Red Hat – Vermeer, 1665-1666

I did a few sketches and decided that I would remove the girl and place my youngest brother as the figure instead. Luckily, I had a photograph where he was in a similar pose. I would darken the background completely, leaving out that brownish detail in the original piece.

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This piece was done in acrylic and gouache on plywood. Looking at the two side by side, I am proud of the result. The colors and proportions aren’t exact, but it is not meant to be. The hue of the robe is more of a purple in my rendition, but I do have to say that I love how the face came out. The multitudes of yellows, blues, greens, purples, and reds that I used to create a life-like skin tone worked perfectly. Capturing the highlight on his face was a challenge too. Choosing the solid background was a smart move because the red hat is glowing vibrantly.

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This project was enjoyable and I will be applying what I have learned to my other paintings and illustrations.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_with_a_Red_Hat

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