Friday, March 7, 2014
Here's a list of some of the great books I used to guide me along the way.... The Craftsman’s Handbook “Il Libro Dell’ Arte” -Cennino d’Andrea Cennini Translated by Daniel V. Thompson/ Color: A Natural History of the Pallette -Victoria Finlay/ The Da Vinci Notebooks -Leonardo da Vinci/ Fashion in Costume 1200-2000 -Joan Nunn/ The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques Third Editon -Ralph Mayer/ Looking at European Frames a Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques -D. Gene Karraker/ Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting -Daniel V. Thompson/ / The Practice of Tempera Painting Materials and Methods -Daniel V. Thompson, Jr./ Italian Renaissance Frames at the V&A A Technical Study -Christine Powell -Zoë Allen/ Beneath the Surface The Making of Paintings -Philippa Abrahams/ Mona Lisa: Inside the Painting -Jean-Pierre Mohen -Michel Menu -Bruno Mottin et al
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Well, here's the old girl, pretty much finished minus the browned varnish layer she'll get once dry. The last weeks have been spent detailing and matching up Mona's face and hands. I settled on a technique of using a smallish (1/8") round brush and laying in barely tinted layers of highlights and shadows with cross hatching-styled strokes. I was inspired to try this by a cartoon Leonardo left of the infant John the Baptist from his Virgin of the Rocks altarpiece, which shows Leonardo's typical style of using very light crosshatching to define forms. It is a technique that yields much control over placement and density of shadows while keeping the paint layer thin and flat for subsequent layers of color. It seemed like something Leonardo may have done.