Sunday, May 01, 2016
Quick marker doodle of a soldier from Virgil's Aeneid. I did a little research on Etruscan armor in an attempt at verisimilitude. The shield is too small, but I like the roughness and slight awkward angle of the spear. It gives it a little more of an "authentic" feel. ...and that's so much of Virgil: modern, apartment-dwelling, fast-food-eating Roman tries to imagine life over 1,000 years ago in a way his urbane audience will buy.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Drawing Virgil's Fields of Asphodel put me more than a little in mind of Ursula K. Le Guin. Along those lines, I began thinking of a similar scene in the Earthsea Cycle that I could draw using the same techniques. Here we have Ged in the Otherworld trapped between the Land of the Dead and the Shadow. I'm most happy with the Shadow and Ged's cape. These are the pastel pencils again (Conte) on black paper. There's a little computer editing on the midtones to bring the scan closer to the original.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Working with chalk pastels on black paper again today. There's some editing on the color balance in an attempt to get the scan to match the original drawing (just a little fiddling with the midtones). This is a scene inspired by the song Sacrimony from Kamelot's Silverthorne album. As a fan of Victorian Gothic, I appreciated the Fall of the House of Usher meets Phantom of the Opera quality of the story. Here we have the Good Brother receive a vision of his dead sister as The Angel of Afterlife descended from Heaven to judge his case. I wish I had enough skill to do this dark theophany credit -but oh well...
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Take two on yesterday's drawing of Aeneas visiting his father on the fields of asphodel. I've switched the medium from oil pastels to chalk pastels. This is that nice French set some friends sent me for Christmas. The chalk is easier to blend, but far easier to blow away or smudge and doesn't adhere to the paper as readily. The overall effect is finer than the oil pastels but, at this low technical level, I don't think the difference is too great.
Monday, April 18, 2016
The difference between Virgil and Homer is the difference between written poetry and oral poetry: Virgil is finer, but Homer is truer. I've preferred Homer since my student days, but I have had to teach Virgil on occasion and each time I give it my level best. When all else fails, I can fall back on the sheer beauty of Virgil's imagery. Here we have a scene from Book VII where Aeneas meets his father's ghost on the fields of Elysium. The asphodel shines in the twilight of the Dead Realm as Anchises shows his son the spirits of famous Julio-Claudians yet to be.