History of occurrence. Western schools
The origins of grisaille lie in the early Middle Ages. Icon painters often used monochrome tricks due to the meager color palette and strict religious canons
The peak of its popularity in the Renaissance fell on the XIV century. Sculptors in preparatory sketches for works used chiaroscuro to convey a sense of relief on a plane. One of the first who applied this technique in painting was the French sculptor and artist Andre Beauvais.Monochrome images are found in such artifacts as the carved frames of the Psalter by Jean Berry, painting on the altar cover of the Narbonne Shroud, and miniatures in the manuscript The Hourglass of Jeanne d’Evreux (authorship of Jean Pucel). Continue reading
How to realistically convey skin tone with oil.
Oil is one of the classic art materials for portraiture. Nevertheless, it is the reproduction of the shades of human skin that represents the greatest difficulty for aspiring artists. Today we will talk about how to achieve realism in the image of the skin, without going into stylization and various impressionist techniques.
When working with oil, special attention must be paid to the bright segments of the portrait.
It is recommended to put the light tone first: the effect of photorealism is achieved by playing in contrast, and the accuracy of the contrast is much easier to choose relative to the light spot. Continue reading