GOTHIC WOODEN SCULPTURE
This time I am choosing the beard and mouth area: when enlarged it shows up a very rich surface.
In this first version I crimpled and glued a sheet of kitchen aluminium foil on a gessoed paper creating larger folds in the lower part and shallow wrinkles at the top. To accentuate the beard effect I added long fibers below - I do not know what they are exactly, they have been hanging around for years ... Higher up I pasted what I think are dried chamomile flowers also from uncertain origin. A layer of emulsion paint covers everything, with some golden accents.
Here a detail of this texture
TEXTURE SAMPLE ONE
Then I made a second and more pronounced version of the beard. In this case I used a polyfoam cover I had saved and sprayed it several times with a white acrylic enamel. The spray reacts chemically with the foam creating an interesting potholed surface - of course this must take place in the open air to avoid inhaling dangerous fumes. The texture on top is obtained with tissue paper imbued with white glue to get a rigid finish. This time I brushed on some silver acrylic to emphasise the texture.
TEXTURE SAMPLE TWO
A detailed image
For a new textural sample I use another area of the same photo, in fact the same area I have already studied in my sketchbook. I am reloading it for reference.
My attention is drawn to the tubular forms especially and I repeat them several times. Their main structure is made up of big plastic straws partially covered with gessoed cheesecloth. On the left I have used synthetic petals from an old Christmas decoration, on the right I have applied here and there some loosened up cotton balls. As usual everything is made more uniform by white emulsion. I decided to develop this sample vertically so I flipped my image accordingly.
TEXTURE SAMPLE THREE
A HEAD BY GEORG BASELITZ
For my next experiment I am using another image from my heap: this is a very strong wooden head by German sculptor Georg Baselitz.
It is not a 'pretty' piece, with its harsh yellow colour and its lines that look like they have been stabbed into the wood with heavy blows.
TEXTURE SAMPLE FOUR
I chose rough and straightforward materials in an attempt to translate the intentional rudeness of this powerful head: a rough jute for background, plastic bottles and wood dowels.
Here is a detail
VIRTUAL SELF-PORTRAIT WITHOUT LOOKING
This self-portrait was drawn without looking at my Ipad screen using Art Set app. It is a very simple and intuitive app for drawing quick sketches.
On the left the original coloured one, on the right a black and white version.
On a sheet of white paper I arranged fibers, fleece, string, tulle net and on the right two strips of foamboard which I carved out with a scalpel.
TEXTURE SAMPLE FIVE
ANOTHER SELF-PORTRAIT, THIS TIME REAL, DRAWN WITHOUT LOOKING
First I traced the main lines with white glue and then stitched into them and added some copper wire. I painted everything white and smeared it here and there with silver and gold acrylic. Then I cut it up in four.
TEXTURE SAMPLE SIX
MY JEWELLERY CORNER
This is the silver pendant born alongside this chapter on texture, about which I spoke in the last post. The silver fretwork is suspended above a copper background. The black patina on copper has been created with liver of sulphur.