Thursday, 17 August 2017

York Minster King Screen

The latest drawing is the Kings Screen in York Minster. It's a very ornately carved stone screen in the centre of the cathedral, showing all the Kings of England from William the Conqueror to Henry VII.
A lot of the figures have amazing beautifully carved curly hair and beards, which made me inspired to  draw them.

This is the 2nd phase, after drawing I laid down a rough sand colour background, and then add the shadows and highlights. The only colour on the carving is a red back to the alcoves and gold on the crowns and high decorations. 

Sculptural subjects have always fascinated me, and describing the shapes and how the lighting fell on them was really enjoyable. 

The spooky night-time version (which is inevitable with my drawings). A dark blue overlay and some masking for where the light falls.