Getting into the Christmas Spirit with this Byzantine inspired design.
I based this angel on the idea of looking into the sea from a beach. The wings are based on simplified versions of a Kingfisher.
It was a lot of fun coming up with a contemporary take on old fashioned icon images. I used black pen with a range of nib sizes mixed with coloured pencils.
Saint Michael squashing the devil (disguised as a snake). Digital coloured drawing mixed with coloured pencil drawing, based on ink line drawing.
The painting developed from a life drawing of Lucy, seen from above. The drawing was a good exercise in balancing on a box as well as drawing from a high view point. Something about the drawing reminded me of flying and so it seemed natural that Lucy developed wings in the pairing. Rather than being in the studio sun lounger she is transferred to a textured dreamy space. I limited the colours to reflect the initial drawings limited graphite colour shades, but I added in the bursts of bright yellow. The painting will be on display at Tanner & Co….
Working from a pair of paintings lends the copying experience an intensity. Like working from Veronese’s “Allegory of Love” set, working from the El Greco pair means you can compare and reassess throughout. Drawing the second “Agony in the Garden” was easier in many ways. I had a clearer sense of the composition. This didn’t stop me wildly underestimating the width of the angel again though! Fantastic experience of copying from one of the most idiosyncratic masters.