Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Experiments with surfaces.

Last week's mixed media class was about different surfaces, and working on them with watercolour pencils. I wanted strong, sharp lines for my faces, like a cartoon or comic, rather than a more realistic look. (I think I achieved comical rather than comic-like but nevermind. Let me not be too harsh a critic.) For inspiration I looked at a book of Faiyum mummy portraits.

































Canvas calico with gesso and blue watercolour pencil.

























Plain calico with gesso and acquarelle graphite 8B.
Plain calico with gesso  and acquarelle graphite pencil 4B.
 Paper and vylene with gesso; blue watercolour pencil and acquarelle graphite 4B.

5 comments:

Sarah said...

I love these! Drawing on gessoed fabric is a lovely feeling-and the way the washes work too.

Leenie said...

Watercolor pencils are just fun! Great outcomes for your experiments/

Linda Sue said...

OHHH I LOVE these so much! I am so inspired now- I have a couple of half legs of Erik's trousers that I think I will try this on. Awesome faces!Oh yes! Ms. Anairam! You have done a brilliant thing here!

frayedattheedge said...

These are fabulous - how I wish that I could draw!!

Linda Sue said...

Also loving the sideways smile of the first girl- a sort of Bell's Palsy smile...