January 9th, 2015

Painting Tutankhamun

British watercolorist Elaine Hill created this dramatic two-page spread and added the following description of her technique: “This is my watercolour painting of King Tut Ankh Amun’s (Tutankhamun) beautiful death mask created from a copyright free photo by Mr. Jon Bodsworth. I visited Egypt in 2010 where I actually saw the mask on a 50th birthday trip that was a present from my partner. I had always wanted to go and see the pyramids, Sphinx, tombs, temples and treasures, a result of childhood museum trips with my mother. I was inspired to do this painting because I’d kept the entrance tickets and I wanted to incorporate them into my artwork. I was also inspired by the challenge of creating the illusion of the metallic gleam of the gold of the mask.

I decided on the layout first. The tickets are quite big and I wanted to add some writing and the face of the mask. I decided on a portrait format and drew in the placement of the tickets and then drew in the mask in pencil. I tried various colours on a scrap of paper to find a base colour for the gold effect. Winsor & Newton Quinacridone Gold turned out the best for this as it can be a diluted pale yellow through to a deep golden yellow as a stronger mix. Here and there I added Daniel Smith Burnt Sienna for warm shading and the metallic effect was completed by blending with pale and dark purple mixes of DS Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Magenta. For the blue parts of the mask, I used Ultramarine Blue and added a touch of Burnt Sienna for the darker areas. (A background of DS Prussian Blue being duller than Ultramarine, made the mask stand out). I created a bit of sheen on the mask by dampening areas and lifting off some pigment. I then added some splatter for interest but I was careful to avoid the face. The last step was to attach the tickets with paper glue and then some writing, establishing a home for the tickets at last.

MEDIA: Pencil, ink, watercolor, paper collage
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

King Tut


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