Larisa: I've been thinking lately that I want to start focusing on how to stylise my shapes when drawing and making a composition, so I thought it would be great to do some cinematic shots since I love the composition in films very, very much.
I discovered a page on twitter called @OnePerfectShot which shares references and still shots from movies, so I visited their website (filmschoolrejects.com) and looked through their shot database, which they have classified by movies, and I suddenly saw Marie Antoinette.
I've always loved this movie and the composition of this particular still shot was really beautiful so I went ahead with it. To be honest, I just went ahead to see what would come out of it. I wanted to stylise my work and make clear shapes that looked more dynamic and appealing in the composition. I cheated a bit with proportions and how the elements were placed, as well as with the colours.
In the past, when I did a study I would limit myself to the reference picture itself, so I would copy the colours and the shapes but in this case, I instead moved and changed whatever I needed to in benefit of my own reinterpretation and understanding. It was quite fun doing that because I did and redid some shapes until I figured out how they would work for what I was doing. To do that, I figured that I should directly block them out by painting them. It's a bit more abstract but it worked pretty well.
I think I spent over an hour and a half on this piece but the result was pretty good and I'm happy with how it turned out, especially because while doing it I had a lot of fun. It was super relaxing :)
I've decided to do some more studies like this one since and so far I've done a 30/40 minute still of Frida Kahlo (movie featuring Salma Hayek) and will do more soon! I encourage everyone to do so because it's really a great way to analyse someone else's work and actually understand it!