Friday, November 11, 2011

Work in Progress: The Face of Saint Mary


The Face of Saint Mary, color pencil

Excited by a debate about "raw symbolic" marks articulated by Kev Ferrara and Chris Bennett on David Apatoff's blog Illustration Art, I was inspired to push my "dead pen" technique further.  The sequence below shows some of the steps used in rendering the face of a portrait commission I've been working on of Saint Mary.  At a distance, the white lines appear to blend with the colors of the skin, giving a luminous aura to the face.

Pencil sketch on tracing paper

Grayscale and embossed marks on museum board


Close-up showing embossed marks using the dead pen technique

Color pencil rubbed over embossed marks

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