11.3.11

Queen of Heaven - sketch page

Update (3/22/11):  Here is a small painted head study done from the sketch.  To speed up the process, I painted my first layers in acrylic and then came back over it in oils for the final coat.  I've heard this is not wise since over time (hundreds of years) the oil may flake off, being too thin.


I pulled out the ole 9B pencil for this sketch.  Kinda scary at first when you see those dark pencil marks being put on the page, but I needed the contrast for the skin tones.

9 comments:

Fr Matthew Green said...

Wow! That's really beautiful.

Matthew Gauvin said...

Excellent work! The light coming from behind the veil is the perfect touch.

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Lovely! :)

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks everyone!

Jane said...

Her face has a delicate realness that reminds me a little of Bouguereau--a cross between his Madonnas and little shepherdesses and beggars, because his Madonnas never look right at you (always looking up, or to the side, or with closed eyes), and the young girls almost always do.

Paul Nichols said...

Beautiful work!

Sophie said...

Beautiful!Nice expression. She looks alive.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Jane. Bouguereau and other Nineteenth Century French artists have made an impression on me.

Thanks Paul and Sophie

Francesca said...

Will you be selling this image? It is really striking. Our classroom is dedicated to the Mary Queen of Heaven, and I would like to have a beautiful image to which our children could relate. This one is so beautiful and youthful, and I like how she is looking right at us!