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Monday, 12 July 2010

A Fine Figure of a Man

Many years ago I spent a wonderful summer on the island of Crete. I worked part time as a holiday rep which allowed me to finance myself for 6 months but also meant that I had lots of free time to explore the island.

This fellow is taken from a wall painting taken from Knossos. This guy is the "Prince of Lillies"
I imported a postcard image into my computer and traced around the outlines. Printed it out on paper and then traced the design onto fabric.
I used undiluted fabric paint and fabric markers for the brown, blue and black elements, and the skin tones were done using an oil stick which I also brushed over the whole surface because it gave a nice "chalky" effect
reminiscent of old plaster walls.
Here are some images with the added stitched detail.
                                     

2 comments:

  1. well that just stopped me in my tracks while whizzing throgh google reader. I love that, you have really got that chalkiness from the pintings and the coulrs are fab. I would love to see a picture of the whole piece. I think you really captured the stoney colour but then I seem to remeber you like stones? The caves/ochre mines in The Forest of Dean sell mineral pigments. Is that what you use?

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  2. Thanks for commenting. Next time I am in the Forest of Dean I will look out for those pigments.
    I used an oil stick which I dry brushed over the top.
    There is a full view in my flickr gallery.

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