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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:23 pm    Post subject: A newbie (Egyptology student) Reply with quote

Hi everyone Smile

I am a student for the Certificate of Egyptology at the Manchester University (first year, online course).

I am Finnish and have always been interested in ancient Egypt. You should see my book shelf - way over a hundred books about Egyptology already...

Glad to find this board - off to read the threads now!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Leena.

You have picked well. Egyptian Dreams is a great site.

Good luck with the course at Manchester University- it is something i am looking into, so let us know how it goes.....

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tervetuloa, Leena!
I'm sure you'll like it here.
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Styler78 wrote:
Good luck with the course at Manchester University
- it is something i am looking into, so let us know how it goes.....

And that's about what I had to say as well. Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatwhatwhat? You speak Finnish, Segereh? Very Happy

And thank you for the welcome, Styler Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leena wrote:
Whatwhatwhat? You speak Finnish, Segereh?

Sorry to disappoint: it's just accent-less Google. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL Laughing I can believe that - Finnish must be just as hard to learn as hieroglyphs...

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Leena.

I just looked at your blog! Wow!
The painting of the scene with Cleopatra and Caesarion is amazing.

Have you seen the online drawing from the Lepsius expedition btw?
Those might be useful for other projects. (I'm assuming this will not be your one and only egyptian themed painting).

You may already know about these, but just in case:
http://edoc3.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/lepsius/tafelw.htmL

The menu on the left allows you to browse through the line drawings.
Occasionally there's a color painting in there.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the compliment Smile And this will certainly not be my only ancient Egyptian painting - I am trying to get enough painted to have an art exhibition. It's just that this day work sort of disturbs the hobbies LOL
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And thank you for that link! I do read German (and speak some too) so the language is no obstacle! Wonderful site for sure, have to read it while I sip coffee at work.

After Cleopatra and Caesarion I'll be painting the throne of Tutankhamun (got the reference photo from Bob Partridge of the Ancient Egypt magazine).

With C+C I have used several reference photos. Problem being the light in each one comes from a different angle than the original photo I took myself and use as my main reference. I have to "invent" many of the shadows myself.

I have some other ref pics too for other paintings, but it seems finding a good one of Nefertari's tomb is impossible. I have written all over the place to egyptologists, to photographers and anyone I could think of to find a good sharp reference photo where Nefertari would be clearly visible (from head to toe) - or a sharp photo of the interior of the tomb with perspective showing. And of course I would need to have the permission to use it as reference photo.

So far no luck - some don't even bother to answer my inquiry. But I'll keep on trying. (I think they must be afraid I'd put their photo somewhere on the net or sell it or something, but I would never do anything of the sort! I'd only give a public "thank you" in my blog for the right to use someone's photo as reference - with a link to their site if they had one)

But the painting continues... Ars longa, vita brevis.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some wonderful pictures of Nefertari in Hawass` book on the valley of the Kings.
The Royal Tombs of Egypt: The Art of Thebes Revealed[img]

There are some drawings on Jon Bodsworth's wesite that may be worth a look:
http://www.egyptarchive.co.uk/html/index.html
He allows others to use the photographs.

There are some colored images of Nefertari's tomb under "Elysian Fields".
I'm pretty sure those are not the original colors though.

I'm looking forward to seeing your work progressing. It's fun to see the scene grow and take shape.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the links Smile I only have a problem with the copyright issues... Now of course there are plenty of photos "out there" and when I make a painting, it isn't a copy of the photo as such. I usually use many photos to make a painting. And these scenes are of a shared cultural heritage. So I suppose no one owns the copyright for the places and reliefs as such. So it is probably all right to use many reference photos as long as they are only that - references which I never publish anywhere. And they cannot be identified as my source photos, if you get my idea.

I have seen plenty of photos of Nefertari's tomb around, as well as many paintings too. The artists haven't stated the source of their reference photos, but they must have used photos.

I just wouldn't want to infringe any copyrights and so I have been trying to find someone who would say it is ok to use their photos as reference. But I have now found something in Wikimedia also (photos that you are allowed to use), so perhaps my dilemma is over.

Still I would have loved to make a big painting of Nefertari's tomb with perspective showing. But maybe I shall just settle with a wall painting - when I find the time. Cleopatra and Caesarion are soon done. I'll go and paint the incence burner in Caesarion's hand now.

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