Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sgraffito and Face Number 3

Another face finished yesterday - this time I used a new technique again.  It's called "sgraffito" which entails scratching through a layer of material to reveal layers underneath.  In this case, I used some good watercolor paper, painted several layers of black waterproof India ink on it, and then when that was dry, covered it with some white oil pastel.  Then I scratched with various sharp tools to reveal more or less of the black underneath it to draw the face.

I used the image of one of Paul Gauguin's self portraits, as a reference photo because I thought it would lend itself well to this technique, and because it was an interesting face!  Plus, I haven't really done very many male faces yet and thought it was about time I tried one.  Anyway, here it is:

I like how it turned out, but it kind of looks like I used just graphite pencil, though I didn't!  If I use this method again, I think I'd like to use different colors for the layers, so it looks different.  

I am enjoying so much trying out new drawing techniques and materials.  Loving the challenge.  There are more "assignments" from last week, but already I am behind on this week's ones!  I may start the new lesson and hopefully be able to go back to some of the other assignments from this week.

This also is my face # 3 for the 29 Faces challenge.  I didn't get to spend much time in my studio today, so tonight I think I will just do some sketches in one of my sketchbooks to try and catch up a little. Hopefully I'll have another few faces to share tomorrow!


Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

Great piece, Arlene - considering it's your first attempt with this new form, you have done amazingly well. Yes, I think it would be fun to see other colours under the 'scratching' - hope you try it so we can see. Glad you're having fun with your faces. hugs, Donna

Kyra Wilson said...

This reminds me of when I was a kid and in art class we painted rainbow colors under black and then scratched at it. It was so much fun!

judie said...

This is awesome sgraffito work. I didnt know there were "assignments". Maybe I better go check. :)

Janet Ghio said...

I think this face and this technique are fabulous! I would love to see how it looked with different color layers!!

Cherie said...

I agree, great piece! What a fabulous technique! Well done!