Study for Archangel Uriel
Graphite on paper, 11” x 14”, 2000 $1000
This study was the careful prepatory drawing, or cartoon, that is always needed when creating a fresco, as fresco is done alla prima, or in one sitting while the plaster is still wet and fresh. So it is a good idea to have a thorough familiarity with one’s subject matter, to have lovingly traced the sweet lines of the face and to know them, as they say, by heart. Uriel is all heart, and for me a very tender and sensitive being, whose expression communicates understanding as much as it does mystery.
This work is done with simple graphite pencil on vellum paper, with lots of cross hatch work to create deep, rich shadows for the chiaroscuro effect, or contrast of light and dark,to set off the cheekbones and lend depth to the eyes. I really enjoyed creating this sketch and it prepared me for the creation of the final work.
For more information on Uriel himself and the background of this artwork, please see the blog post on Archangel Uriel.