15 March 2017

TRANSLUCENT VELLUM and DOUBLE-SIDED DRAWING

 

Calfskin vellum is translucent, and I have begun to use this property for artistic effect, drawing certain details on the opposite side of the sheet in reverse. Like watermarks, these are more visible when the drawing is held up to a light.

 

I plan to use this method when depicting God (as the Father, the Holy Ghost or the pre-incarnate Word), disembodied spirits, dreams, angels or demons possessing other creatures, natural objects hidden behind clouds or smoke or stained-glass windows, damask patterns and relief carvings.

 

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