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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:22 pm    Post subject: Paintings Reply with quote

I did some paintings and I thought I would show them Very Happy

This is a scene from the tomb of Nakhtamen (TT335). I liked the detail in the clothing and the hair, so I tried to capture that.


I also did a painting of the opening of the mouth scene in Tut's tomb.
The panther skin was fun to do. One of the objects on the table was rather hazy, and it looked a bit like feathers to me.
I like the fact that this is also a scene where Aye grabs power....
The feather on the table is something which would designate the carrier as a fan-bearer. I wonder if this belonged to Aye???


I wonder what those round objects in the cups are? Maybe insence??

They also show up in a scene from Nefertari's tomb. Here there seems to be some type of smoke coming from them. (top of the offering table)



I tried to do an interpretation of a statue of Tiye. She is shown with this feather dress in a steatite statue in the Louvre. I have never seen this kind of dress in a tomb, and I took the color scheme from the rishi patterns from the coffins from that time period. Some of those show blue (lapis?) feathers accented with red.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm impressed!
They are very good, anneke!
I think you must channel a tomb-painter when you do work such as this.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Osiris Very Happy

I do in all honesty cheat a bit. I use carbon to transfer the image onto the paper. I do the work in ink and watercolor. Those are the materials that I have found to work best. The paper is a special watercolor paint, which does add something subtle to the image I think.

I have tried to do the paintings in acrylic in the past, and that just doesn't work well for me. I have used acrylics in some of my other work (landscapes and such).

It really is a lot of fun to do, and it's interesting once you start to analyze the work in so much detail.

The scene from the throne of Tutankhamen is a good example. Once I looked more closely you see remnants of paint here and there. The sundisks on the ureaus for istance seems to hold some remnants of a red color. It left me with the impression that it used to be much brighter colored than it is now. Also made me wonder if the colors faded because of age or because of wear and tear in antiquity.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are fantastic! Maybe you were a tomb painter in a past life! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Had some fun yesterday Very Happy

Took the image from a stela and interpreted it according to the colorschemes used at the time
The original:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are really nice Anneke! Very Happy I especially like the one with Akhenaten, Nefertiti and their daughters, very well done.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am absolutely impressed. I don't care how you went about transfering the image...your coloration and detail bring the pieces to life and make them so realistic. I love the Amarna relief you did of the Akhenaten family. It's a pleasure to see that familiar stone-gray scene brought to life with living color.

You indeed must have been a tomb painter in a past life. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must add this because everytime I look at the first one you did I think it's a real phototgraph. It looks 3-D.
Well Anneke, you've inspired me to do some Egyptian artwork myself, thank you. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great! Very Happy I look forward to seeing your paintings.

I really found that transferring a sketch to the paper using carbon paper (and a photocopy of the original) really works wonders. I saw something like this once on a painting show on tv. Wink

I have found that watercolor pencils work really well for this kind of artwork btw. I apply the color dry to watercolor paper and then go over it with a wet brush. This technique allows you to create some very detailed images. You do have to sharpen the pencils quite often for some of the detailed drawings Laughing

But then again you may prefer another medium/materials....
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure I know what carbon paper is, is it that black filmy stuff in check books that transfers what ever you write? If so then that's a good idea for my lazy days when I don't feel like free handing it, you know? Laughing I actually prefer acrylic paint, but I don't think It would look the same, it's very thick, but I guess I could just experiment.
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I have found that watercolor pencils work really well for this kind of artwork btw. I apply the color dry to watercolor paper and then go over it with a wet brush. This technique allows you to create some very detailed images.

That's cool, I've never heard of that before.
I could also try my ancient paint thing, if that doesn't work I'll probably end up using them all Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the art store it's referred to as "Graphite" and "wax free transfer paper".
It is recommended for use with watercolors, acrylics and oils.

I actually tried to do these tomb paintings with acrylic, becausse I really like that as a medium. I could not get the details right though. You would need very thin brushes and an extremely steady hand.

I have thought about trying acrylics when painting a larger scene that is not quite so detail oriented. That might work well when painting a temple for instance.

I did Deir el Bahari (Hatshepsut's temple) with the water color pencils. That painting is a bit more free hand and impressionistic.

I may experiment a bit with acrylics for paintings of temples in the future.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You would need very thin brushes....

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and an extremely steady hand.

Check. Very Happy
I think I'll go with acrylics then.

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I did Deir el Bahari (Hatshepsut's temple) with the water color pencils. That painting is a bit more free hand and impressionistic.

I'd like to see that one.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You would need very thin brushes and an extremely steady hand.


Hear that, Daniella? No coffee before you attempt this!

I can't wait to see the Deir el-Bahri rendition. That's one of my favorite sites in Egypt.
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Hear that, Daniella? No coffee before you attempt this!

No problem, I don't drink coffee, it's disgusting. I'm a tea kind of girl. Razz
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No problem, I don't drink coffee, it's disgusting. I'm a tea kind of girl.


I don't like coffee either. I prefer my caffeine cold, but a nice cup of tea is a treat now and then. I particularly enjoy the Pacific Chai line of teas and latt├ęs.

Hmm, I wonder if the ancient Egyptians ever drank something similar to tea? I've never read anything of the sort, but it makes me curious. Confused
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