Monday, August 23, 2010

Pencil Study of Caravaggio's "St Matthew and the angel"

kevin gough

Today I have drawn some details taken from Caravaggio's "St Matthew and the angel". I have changed my medium  to pitt graphite . This allows me to put several layers of shade over the original sketch done with Derwent Pencils where I need it to be darker. Pitt graphite pencils have a slightly grainy quality but help achieve those darks which I think reflect the chiaroscuro Caravaggio achieved more effectively. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pencil Study of Caravaggio's "Taking of Christ"

Here is a sketch I have done of detail from Caravaggio's "the taking of Christ".
I have found the darks values of the original quite difficult to achieve with pencil.
I think I may have to look for anothe medium to compliment the Derwent pencils
to achieve this.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pencil study of Caravaggio's "Death of the Virgin"

My latest  Caravaggio study is taken from," The Death of The Virgin".
Right now I'm thinking the art of drawing is mostly about making a series of mistakes that are adjusted to eventually form a complete picture. You lay your marks on the page and leave them for a while until you need to adjust them, then you correct them with new marks and continue again until you need to adjust them again, on and on, mark adjust, mark adjust, until eventually the picture begins to emerge... It seems that no matter how bad it is in the beginning its still possible to drive the work towards where you want it to go by being willing to accept each mistake and rectify it..
This is good I think, because even a pencil mangler like me can hope to improve if all my drawings can be the result of corrected mistakes.

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