Agnus Dei I (2011)
I’ve always loved stained glass, the way it captures the light, illuminates the darkness, tells a story. I’ve also known for many years that glass-making and glass-painting are not among my many talents, despite coming from a family of glass workers on my father’s side. Layers of vellum, however, capture the effect rather well.
|Agnus Dei II (2011)|
Typically, I work from photographs of illuminated windows to develop a grey-scale study on my first layer of vellum. Then I create overlays, building up the color-base working from light to dark with my inks. Last, I go back in with soft-lead colored pencils to add highlights, subtle shading, and detail-work (such as the leading) which requires a crisper edge than rendering inks usually provide. The layers are then stacked in sequence and scanned simultaneously to capture the color-depth of all the sheets together in a single image.