Sunday, March 28, 2010

The background

Now it was time to start bringing out the background slab - it gives a more 3D feeling to the statue itself. Also again this was necessary so I could continue with the feet - the light on the slab defines the feet as well.

And even though the stone is very dark, I did not want to leave it totally black. So I added tiny specks of light into the shadows to make it more live.

Next I will return to the feet.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hathor's feet and hieroglyphs

Now I worked a bit on Hathor's feet. The shadows and lights on this goddess are rather demanding so I had to do the hieroglyphs in front of her at this point - they are amazingly white and give me a reference point (for the light values) when I continue with the shadows of the feet.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hathor's legs

Worked some more on Hathor's legs. Reached the hemline with the highlights, but the legs are in no way ready yet. The ancient Egyptians loved tight dresses on their goddesses and women also. No idea if they ever had such dresses. (Really - if they did walking must have been just about impossible... But what wouldn't a woman do for beauty...)

(Sorry for the glare on the left side of the photo).

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hathor's torso and right arm

Here I worked some more on Hathor' torso. It isn't quite done yet, but I started on her right arm as well to get a better feel on the lighter parts.

Again this is a photo, not a scan, so the lines appear a bit blurry.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Highlights on Hathor's torso

Worked some more on Hathor's body. The strongest highlights mostly, but I did work a bit on the half-shade parts too. The torso in no where near finished, maybe half way there.

(There are some black smudges on the shoulder and on one side of the body - that is just the scraping residue I forgot to brush off)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hathor's upper torso

Here I have worked some more on Hathor's upper torso. I did mark some of the coming highlights so that you have an idea of the shape of her body.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Right. Here's the photo I took of the work I've done on Hathor so far. The distance from one horn tip to another is 6 cm. The pic was taken in less than ideal lighting conditions, the camera overexposes the whites and made the lines look too thick. But I try to take a better photo once I have a chance to photograph this in daylight.