I began this assignment with setting up a simple still life. I tried to incorporate the elements asked for by the assignment, such as some form of drapery, dramatic lighting but in a way which was a bit more modern than the typical arrangements of renaissance Chiaroscuro pieces.
Below are some photographs of the still life arrangement from different angles:
Still Life from further away.
One of the areas for improvement which my tutor highlighted in my last tutor report was the lack of critical analysis of a range of artists/print makers. She suggested ‘research on a quick overview of lots of printmakers, by building up your own archive on your blog’.
So that’s what I’m going to begin compiling here. I’ve decided to begin my list with Printmakers who are referenced in my course workbook. I may add to this any others which I discover to be of interest along the way.
I began the preparation for the print by creating a square grid system on a print out of the Ghent Altarpiece as my reference for making a more detailed colour study.
Squared grid print out of Ghent Altarpiece.
I followed this by creating a watercolour study of the image, and in the process simplified some of the detail of the original. Perhaps reflecting on this now is the point where I lost a little definition which might have been beneficial for the final print. But I found creating a colour study of the detail of the whole image gave me a base to work from when breaking it down into different tonal studies.
I took the watercolour sketch as my base when making pencil drawings of each tonal layer. I then used these pencil drawings as my base when tracing the different blocks.
Watercolour version of Ghent Altar Piece.
Choosing a subject:
For this part of the course a focus on the method of chiaroscuro requires choosing an image or painting from the Renaissance period for study. To ‘find a subject containing a figure or figures based on either a Renaissance painting or a photograph you have taken yourself’, I began by visiting my local library. I found three books of interest on the Renaissance period and specific artists within that movement. They were as follows;
- Renaissance, by Christopher Masters
- Botticelli by Susan Legouix
- Van Eyck The Complete Works by Amanda Simpson