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Leonardo's Angel in Silverpoint by Himmapaan Leonardo's Angel in Silverpoint by Himmapaan
To begin with, please note that this is not a pencil drawing. It is silverpoint.

Copy of the angel from Leonardo da Vinci's The Virgin of the Rocks. Silverpoint on paper prepared with gesso; 11 x 11.5cm. Note the full view is far larger than the original. The scan is clearer, but robs something of the delicacy and subtlety of the original. Here is a photograph (the best I could manage) of the piece to hopefully give some idea.

When *Heliocyan and I visited the Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition at London's National Gallery two months ago, we came away enthusing about trying our hand at silverpoint. In no time at all, Claudia had very kindly sent me the necessary materials. I've only now had the time and courage to try it.

The copy is not exact, but that was never the point of the exercise. In many ways, I'm actually glad that there seems to be something of me in the drawing, too.

I thoroughly enjoyed this technique and look forward to doing more pieces in it. The silver will gradually oxidise to a brown tinge. It will be interesting to see how it looks then.

Whilst practically everyone else is powering away with their digital stuff, I'm returning to the methods of the Renaissance. Stands to reason...

Oh, and here is some suggested background listening.
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HCShannon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
owensangel10 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love silverpoint....such a stunning piece!
mariedebourgogne Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I like this smile !
I also like the work of Leonard da vinci
As I really love angel work ,so ,thank you very much!

And glad to reply my comment !ヾ(*T▽T*)
Tsubane Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
How cool! Very nice work.
lantairvlea Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the instructors in my college did some silverpoint work. This is a lovely little drawing and I am sure it is even more lovely in person! Your delicate, careful style really lends itself to this rare medium.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
lantairvlea Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome! I see it's made it's way to your icon, still lovely at such a small size!
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very glad it works, too!
ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Beautiful! The old tried-and-true (and lovely) methods should never be given up. And it doesn't surprise me in the least that you'd be fantastic at them too. :D

Wonderful music choice as well! I always loved playing choral pieces (particularly Mozart), but unfortunately, my little orchestras rarely had access to such skilled vocal artists. At least I get to listen to professionals that do far more justice though! ;)
JustABeautifulDream Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I never heard of the method, but I really love the effect it has.
It gives it a very soft and beautiful touch! Really lovely drawing, amazing work!
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