Monday, August 24, 2009

Day 46: Dissolving Head

This silverpoint drawing was done on a Mars Yellow tinted ground, over a magenta-tinted ground:

Dissolving Head by William T. Ayton, 2009. Silverpoint drawing on tinted card, 10" x 8". WTA104.

The theme of a head dissolving into the landscape/background was most likely influenced by Leonardo's "sfumato" ("rendering in smoke") technique, whereby the outer lines of an object blur into the background or other parts of the image.

This drawing also contains more cross-hatching than usual to define the tonal regions.

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