October 14, 2013

Black Figure

The Metropolitan Museum has several rooms full archaic Greek pottery, the figuration on shaped surfaces fascinate me. On one of the wall texts, the museum explained the technique:

Athenian Vase Painting: Black- and Red-Figure Techniques
...In black-figure vase painting, figural and ornamental motifs were applied with a slip that turned black during firing, while the background was left the color of the clay. Vase painters articulated individual forms by incising the slip or by adding white and purple enhancements (mixtures of pigment and clay)...
So I fired up the Brushes App in my iPad and tried my hand. I think I'll be back for more. There are a multitude of models to draw from!

Posted by Dennis at October 14, 2013 11:04 PM

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