At Aussiecon 4, The Water Nymphs

11 Sep

WaterNymph I

Here are final (slightly skewed)  pictures of two of the pieces I produce for the Worldcon Artshow at Aussiecon 4 (I talked about them earlier here).

The Water Nymphs are reproductions of reliefs carved by Jean Goujon for the Fontaine des Innocents in Paris. The original reliefs are now in the Louvre, but plaster casts can also be found in the Cast Court of the V&A Museum in London. The V&A Museum is an inspiring place to sketch and the Cast Courts in particular are great place to explore tone and colour. It’s amazing the difference there is between colour tonal pictures and plain graphite or charcoal.

WaterNymph II

I first sketched  A Water Nymph back in 2006, using the ‘magic’ pencil combination of blue, yellow, green and purple and was completed in a lovely afternoon at the V&A Museum in London (it involved tea and cake). I’ve always wondered if the same sort of effect could be achieved with other colour combinations – most particularly with a set of metallic pencils I have, ranging from platinum to copper. This was my chance to find out – and it turns out a combination of metallic (in this case – silver, gold, antique gold, and bronze), do work beautifully together, as long as you can also add black for effective shading (in the blue/yellow/green/purple combination, this job is carried out by the purple). Enter a black conte pencil, and the final effect is dramatic and shiny. ‘These Water Nymphs are drawn on navy Canford card and they have been framed professionally.

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