Sunday, January 31, 2010

And the Latest Closeup

Goodness, almost forgot to post the closeup of the latest bit painted! Here you go...

Almost there...

Finishing this painting will probably take 6-8 hours of work after today's painting session.

Studying Egyptology is so much fun - but also time consuming. I was preparing my essay on the burial architecture of the early Dynasties and only after submitting it I had time to paint again. I am in a bit of a hurry to finish Cleopatra and Caesarion because we'll have to move away for two months when our home will be renovated. I can't paint with oils during that time, but I ordered something else.

This painting is not done on ordinary canvas but Ampersand board. It has a silky smooth surface which makes it possible to paint the tiniest details. And you may have noticed I like to paint details LOL :D

For the time I cannot paint with oils I ordered material for a different kind of work. Tut's throne will have to wait a bit as it will be an oil painting, but in the meanwhile I am thinking of doing a work on the pharaoh Menkaure and two goddesses, a beautiful black statue. So I thought why not try scraper board. No, not the children's kind but museum quality artists' board (yes, yet again Ampersand). If you think this painting is full of detail, just you wait when you see what is possible with a scalpel and good quality board...

But that will come only after this one is finished in February.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Latest glyphs in closeup

This little patch took almost four hours to paint: one strip of glyphs right down from Caesarion's elbow and two lines going to the right from the same spot. And I did not even realize the passing of time while I painted.

Hieroglyphs galore...

Spent almost four hours doing today's small bit. Hieroglyphs are not fast to paint. Have to take into consideration someone who atually is fluent in glyphs may try to spell what it says here :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

And the previous part up close

And the part I last painted shown a bit closer. Not the shadow to the right of Caesarion is almost complete, making him a bit more 3D.

Shadow to the right of Caesarion's torso

And here I have defined the shadows to the right of Caesarion's torso and (drumroll, please....) painted some more hieroglyphs! (Now that must have surprised you LOL :D )