Wednesday, June 3, 2009
First Silverpoint and a WIP (Work in Progress)
This is my first attempt at silverpoint. I really like the richness and finesse of the line. However with this one, I don't think I used the silver marks to their best advantage. I used it like grahpite. I also didn't like the surface that I chose. It's Multi-Media Art board, (4"x4"), and I'm not sure why I don't like it.... it feels brittle, almost a plastic feel. I didn't like the texture of it and I should have toned the ground because I also didn't like the color of the white either.
Now, that said, I still think this is a good beginning and I now know what I DON'T like and none of it is the silverpoint. I am going to do this one as a larger work. I've got my surface (Strathmore 500 paper) already prepared with a toned ground (Golden Silverpoint Ground) ready to go after I get through doing a few more new miniatures.
Here is another one that I've started. It's on the Strathmore 500 paper, (4"x5") with a toned ground. I like the feel of this surface much better. I'm trying to use the silverpoint where the marks are done with more mindfulness. Sorry this is a rather dark and small image, and silverpoint is difficult to photograph and impossible to scan due to the marks being so reflective. I may continue to see if this one works.