A while ago I did a series of posts on painting with egg tempera. I’d finished the first one – this portrait of Ada Lovelace holding an x-box controller.
I was thinking it would be cool to take people who did brilliant work in science, and give them the distractions that the current batch of humanity have. I wonder if we’d have had the computer at all if Ada Lovelace, for example, was spending her time cosplaying or playing plants vs zombies? So i had plans to do more painting – but the pure logistics for painting in egg tempera has pretty much stopped me till now.
Anyway, I found tempera difficult for many reasons, here are some.
Anyway. I’d decided on and started a painting ages ago of Charles Darwin holding an Atari Joystick, but I really didn’t get into it. I started him in the same way as Ada and he spent a lot of time looking like a burn victim with under painted red raw face. I was loath to get back to him because I couldn’t face it at all.
Then the other day I got sick of using watercolour and didn’t feel like working in pastel or oil, so I fished him out, had a look, waited for the chickens to give me an egg, and I finished him up.
While painting him I’ve come to some conclusions about egg tempera that is going to make this process a lot more enjoyable
And with those decisions, I have started the next painting : Marie Curie holding a Guitar Hero controller. I have inked in a bunch of the darks and started on the underpainting and I think she will turn out a lot easier and less painful than the other ones.
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