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By PhilT2
This is NOT my image but is a print of a Silverpoint drawing created by fellow EPZ member Cyril Hobbins (Hobbo) who contacted me towrds the end of August to ask permission to use one of my photographs as inspiration for experimenting in this technique used by many Great Masters in the 14th to 17th Century IF YOU LIKE THIS (I think it is BRILLIANT) PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT. The comment will be seen by Cyril as I have informed him that I have posted it for all of you to see. Perhaps he may respond to any questions you have. (Versions show my image and Cyril's work environment)

A silverpoint drawing is made by dragging a silver rod or wire across a surface, often prepared with paint mixed with powdered bone or marble dust. Cyril uses white Acrylic undercoat, with a dash of yellow ochre, boosted with plain talcum powder and the final image enhanced by dark ink and a touch of white crayon and paint for deep shadow and highlights.

Silverpoint is one of several types of metalpoint used by scribes, craftsmen and artists since ancient times. For drawing purposes, the essential metals used were lead, tin and silver. The softness of these metals made them effective drawing instruments. In the late Gothic/early Renaissance era, silverpoint emerged as a fine line drawing technique. Not blunting as easily as lead or tin, and rendering precise detail, silverpoint was especially favored in Florentine and Flemish workshops. Notable artists who worked in silverpoint include Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer and Raphael.
Drawing styles changed at the end of the 16th century, resulting in a decline for metalpoint. The discovery of graphite deposits at Seathwaite in Borrowdale, Cumbria, England in the early 1500s, and its increasing availability to artists in a pure, soft (and erasable) form hastened silverpoint's eclipse. Artists sought more gestural qualities, for which graphite, red and black chalk were better suited. Ink and wash drawings are also prevalent in the period. In addition, these other drawing techniques required less effort and were more forgiving than silver, which resists erasure and leaves a fainter line. Furthermore, the preparation of silverpoint supports, usually with hide glue with finely ground bone ash, was labor-intensive.
Dutch artists Hendrik Goltzius and Rembrandt maintained the silverpoint tradition into the 17th century, as it declined in other parts of Europe. Rembrandt made several silverpoints on prepared vellum, the best-known being the portrait of his wife Saskia, 1633.
There has however been a contemporary art revival among European artists and academies because the medium imposes considerable discipline in draughtsmanship since drawings cannot be erased or altered.

Much of the above info from Wikipedia and some supplied by Cyril

Enough of this.............Please look at the picture. I am very proud that this artwork has been created from my original image.

Tags: Digital art Drawing Silverpoint

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10 Sep 2017 12:56PM
The drawing is superb Phil,

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annefromleo 12 11 1 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2017 3:35PM
Great Character and drawing!
From one Leo to another!
10 Sep 2017 4:47PM
This is very, very impressive work - by all concerned, Phil.

capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2017 6:05PM
A masterpiece.Smile
ade123 Plus
5 285 1 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2017 6:17PM
A brilliant piece of Artwork. Beautiful fine detail and no wonder you are proud of the outcome Phil

JawDborn Plus
6 1.2k 1 England
10 Sep 2017 6:42PM
Many thanks for the lengthy and most informative comment. My wife is "into" art, so I'm show her this.

Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2017 7:36PM
he has accomplished a superior sketch with those techniques...
truly outstanding by both of you Phil
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
10 Sep 2017 7:50PM
Very interesting narrative. Love the style.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2026 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2017 9:23PM
I've been reading about this technique and find it fascinating.

As to Cyril's picture, I looked at your version with the two pictures side by side and found myself comparing the two. Then I came back to your lead image of the picture on its own and appreciated it far more that way. Cyril has used creative licence to produce his own personal interpretation of your photograph, using a difficult artistic medium, and to my eyes he has succeeded in producing an accomplished work of art.

11 Sep 2017 12:22AM
stunning piece of work
11 Sep 2017 11:42AM
This is wonderful Phil, excellent image that he allowed you to use. Interesting information too.

11 Sep 2017 7:42PM
Brilliant work Phil..Lin
jocas 3 6 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2017 11:43AM
A very beautiful portrait , created with what must be a difficult to use media and tools -fabulous result it must have a wonderful textural quality too . Interesting description of the technique too Grin
28 Sep 2017 9:09PM
Excellent artwork & narrative Phil

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