I've been in a deep slump this year, hence the large gap since my last post. However, I'm back with renewed determination and summer plans for continuing with Bargue as well as starting to learn watercolour. This plate is of Julia Mammaea. Unfortunately, the contour of the face is off, probably a reflection of the stressed circumstances under which I've been very slowly chipping away at this plate, since before this plate I had been steadily improving. Resuming Bargue should go smoothly henceforth. My Bargue summer goal is one plate per week starting next week.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Profile of the Roman emperor Caracalla. This plate was more difficult than usual, mostly because of the hair and beard. I found myself often wishing Caracalla had shaved! I skipped plate 37 (a horse's head) because it was too ugly to spend hours staring at it intently.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Marcus Junius Brutus, the guy involved in the assassination of Caesar. I had to do the line drawing twice and it was painful erasing three hours of work the first time. The second time went much smoother, especially after I realized that the profile resembles that of John De Lancie or Q of Star Trek.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Profile of a statue of Cardinal de Birague. This was a swift plate. I'm fairly satisfied with the shading part of the process, but am still having difficulties with the line drawing. After I complete the line drawing, I take out my measuring tools and often find I am slightly off in certain areas, particularly those involving longer curves.