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This is supposed to be a cast of Voltaire's hand!
A3, charcoal pencil, some graphite and conte (watercolor for background). Ref image from Guist Gallery.
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Tags: hand, sketch
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Hi Prabha :) sorry for the late response - well, it wasn't intended as such @ "Trompe-l'œil" - I guess close attention to values, which is basically the effect of light on objects, will give you that. After all, dimension (in a visual sense) is nothing but light interacting with the material world. Thank you!
Anil - your record is clean whether you speak or not :)
Prabal - OK, now that is a word I can carry with pride, thank you!
You did not goad me into commenting. The word silent had never before been connected with me and I wanted to keep the record intact and clean! :-)
Hahaha! @ all the 'silent viewers' commenting :P You guys are adorable :) I only wrote that to thank all those who drop in to view, not to goad you to comment, LOL! Really... what can I say :) Thank You so much - Surendra, Vidhu, Prabha and Anil (thanks also for the faves).
@ Surendra - well, I'm not a photorealist, I love to leave discernible marks, plus my working process (which is rapid and jerky, rather than slow and steady) is more conducive to mark-making than photorealistic blending...so if it looks like the cast itself, it must be because I paid close attention to the values. Thanks for the input, Surendra!
@ Vidhu - :) You're very kind.
@ Prabha - re: sculptural drawing: I've had that comment before and it has made me wonder, because I'm not doing anything consciously, save from trying to note the many changes in plane, and how light gets bumped off of these as it (kind of) dances down the overall surface. I mark off the shadow areas, starting with the terminator (which is nearest the light, and has a softer edge) and end with the cast shadow (which has a sharper edge). The latter also helps me to model the topography of the surface on which it is cast - if its flat, the cast shadow will reflect the shape of the preceding, or shadow-casting 'bump', if its not flat, the shape of the 'casted-upon' surface will modify the shape of the cast shadow. I wonder if that makes the slightest sense, LOL!
One illustration of this, that I can think of - with the light falling from above, the chin casting a shadow on the neck. The neck being cylindrical, it will modify the shape of the cast shadow. Conversely, the cast shadow can thus be used to indicate the cylindrical form of the neck. On the othe hand, if I were to hold a flat plane under the chin, covering the neck, the shadow of the chin (on that flat plane) will be a more accurate representation of its pointed shape. This fascinating relationship of the casting, with the casted-upon planes are what basically makes for topographical illusion in a drawing.
@ Anil - your kind and informed input is always welcome! :)
Looks like the cast itself...must be cause of the dark background..
now that i shall respond, as u mentioned silent viewers (actually i am seeing most of ur works)
your styles, mediums(mixed),approach ,subject,compositions, studies(perplexed iam) et all makes me to be a silent viewer..several artworks of urs i have just watched again and again..but have nothing to comment..wonder why
For a change, I belong to the last mentioned - until now!
Well... what can I say, you're the kindest - thank you Soman, Akhila, Kamal, Parani(Sir), Murali and Smitha (for the fave). Its truly humbling to read your notes of encouragement. Thanks also to the 'silent' viewers :)
Each of your drawings are a lesson in their own... and I am learning...learning each time I look at them. Thank you so much da... Absolutely love it!
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