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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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:iconhcshannon:
HCShannon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love this...love silverpoint....such a stunning piece!
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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*)
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Tsubane Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
How cool! Very nice work.
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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.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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:iconlantairvlea:
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!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very glad it works, too!
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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! ;)
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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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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think you'd be willing to repost this in a while (possibly a very long while) once the oxidation effects become perceivable? I'm looking forward to seeing how they enhance the detail of and add warmth to the piece. I wonder if you could encourage oxidation in specific areas of the piece, such as in the small details of the hair and eyes.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Certainly! I will post the oxidised version too once the change becomes noticeable. :D I read that one could quicken the process by leaving it in the sun for a while. I expect that some areas could be strategically covered up in that case (although I don't think I'll be trying that with this one for now :D).
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StoryTellerF Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Old ways ftw! (count +1 that reads that this is silverpoint)
I have a huge poster in my room of the angel's face. Very nice study!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe. Thank you so much.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello! I found the artist: Gordon Hanley. I discovered his technique of drawing in gold in an article of Interbational Artist #80 (Aug/Sep 2011). I thought might be interested in seeing this process. His website is www.gordonhanley.com .
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry for my late reply, Seth, but thank you both for your comments and for pointing out this artist! Yes, a number of metals can be used with this technique. It would be interesting to try several kinds!
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh silverpoint, something I have been thinking about about trying for a looong time. Maybe when I have some time...
There is another process I came across using gold. A pricey and delicate process but amazing looking results. When I find the artist's name, I will note you.

Very well done!!!
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PassionateWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
beautifully done:)
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monavx Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is wonderful! Excellent technique, and you can definitely see some of your style in there.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry for my late reply, but thank you, Karl!
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Thorleifr Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Excellent!
Silverpoint... interesting. Long live Renaissance methods! ;-)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Lijah Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
I am really in love with your drawing and interested by the technique. It couldn't be better with an other! Maybe I will try it for some projects in the future ^^.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
Please do try it! I think you will enjoy it.
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Renamski Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I really enjoy your art. Glad you are using non-digital methods. Although, you could work wonders with that medium as well, I'm sure. :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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rinaswan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
พี่ซื้อแท่งเงิน 50% มา แต่ยังไม่รู้จะหาคนทำหัวเขียนให้ยังไงดี
ลองใช้ลวดทองเหลืองเขียนมันก็ติดนะคะ แต่เส้นจางมากเลย
เข้าใจว่าต้องรอให้มัน oxidize เสียก่อน เส้นถึงจะขึ้น ^^;
ที่เมืองนอกมีหัวเขียน silverpoint สำเร็จรูปขายไหมคะ?
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Pi Rina, please forgive my replying in English, as I'm afraid the laptop I'm now using does not have a Thai guide on the keys. ^^; Khor toad duai krab. :blushes: But please do feel free to continue posting in Thai. :D

I was able to sharpen my silver wire with a nail file, as it is thin enough; roughly the diameter of a clutch pencil. How thick is your piece of silver?

I haven't seen any ready-made silverpoint styli in the UK yet, but I expect they must be available somewhere. Here are some I found several from the US online. ^_^
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rinaswan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
ขอบคุณค่ะ แ่ท่งเงินที่พี่ซื้อมาเส้นผ่านศูนย์กลางประมาณ 4 mm
อ่านหนังสือฝรั่งบางเล่มว่าต้องไปเผา (anneal) ก่อน
แต่เห็นหนังสือไทยบอกแค่ใช้ลวดเงิน 20% เบอร์เล็กหน่อยก็เอาไปเขียนได้เลย
เดี๋ยวจะลองเอาตะไบเหล็กถูบ้างค่ะ แต่กว่ามันจะแหลม ผงเงินคงร่วงไปแยะ ^^;
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Shandria Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Shame on me, I didn't know a silverpoint... but it looks interesting and beautiful. I love Da Vinvi, he is one of my favourite renaissance artists. Your technique is very well, looks very soft. Great work!
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kartiksharma Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazingly beautiful!
So sagacious and marvellous ♥
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SinopaRapax Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Absolutely beautiful, and silverpoint too! Ahhh I wish I could try that. It would be so much fun.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Lisa. Do try it! :D
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Odokasu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
STUNNING!
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DrMustard Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love working in silverpoint! You did a great job
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
I admire you more every day! beautiful execution especially if it was your first try at silverpoint :clap:

To get those lights without erasing...

(and you are right, the photo is more subtle)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Teresa. Yes, those highlights in the hair were rather fiddly work and took a while...
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CesarBr Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! You're has a amaing technique!
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:iconcleamma:
cleamma Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
yey amazing, interesting ( NOT drawing :D ) technique. Bravo.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, it's still a drawing technique. Just not with a pencil. ^_^

Thank you!
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mickeythewicked Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Absolutely fantastic! I pretty much grew up (as an artist) on digital, but I would very much like to explore more classical mediums and methods. You never fail to inspire me!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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GeraldKelley Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely work. Definitely a patience-driven process given the change in appearance that will occur over the next few months.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Gerald.
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echdhu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I love silverpoint work,but very few artist seem to use it these days. I love your delicacy of touch :) Lovely piece.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fascinating, well done on trying out this technique.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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