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New Drawing Begun: Putti Victorious

December 28, 2011

Enough with the holiday laziness. I’ve started a new ink drawing, humorously playing with a baby angel idea (blame the left-over Christmas spirit, if you will.) This comes from a bronze sculpture by the Belgian artist Francois Dequesnoy, according to my notes. The sword will be my own addition.

The drawing surface is a 12 x 24″ thin sheet of birch veneer coated with a hand-made shellac primer. I’ll need to go back and adjust the background value at some point to get a better gradient, but for now I just need to get it covered evenly. You can see here the stages of cross-hatched layers I’ve built up so far. I’m using India ink (Pelikan) and a Hunt #512 pen nib.

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