I wanted to share with you how one of the main decoration elements in the room, that would be the profiles of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino, came into being. I used old fashioned pencil and paper techniques that I learned when I was little from my Dad who is an artist/architect. These techniques are not fancy, but they are smart and creative. There are easier more technologically advanced ways of doing this now, but there is nothing more fun for me then getting lost in a time warp of drawing.
Now, I have been using these techniques since I was little, so when it comes time to do it, the process is automatic for me. So I am going to do my best to explain what I did. In essence how I got from here:
I started with some good old fashion freehand drawing. After I made a trace of the oval of the frame, I got to work on the Duke:
After drawing the Duke, I traced him and flipped him over. And then drew the duchess on top of that to get their proportions right. For example, the Duke and Duchesses' eyes are at the same level, and her hair ornament goes to the curve in his hat. It was important to get these right, which is why I drew her on a trace of him.
A cool trick when you don't have tracing paper, is to put what you want to trace on a window. Then put the paper you are going to draw on, and trace away. The light pouring through makes the paper translucent and easy to trace:
Once I had the Duke and the Duchess complete, I had to get them on the wall in the room. The cool trick for this is the turn the drawing over and apply your pencil graphite along the lines on the back of the drawing like this:
I flipped them both back over and taped them to the wall. Once they are on the wall, you simply trace over your lines and in so doing, graphite will be transferred to the wall and you get your outline! Its so much fun. Make sure to press firmly!
After their outlines were transferred I was able to start painting:
And then fill them in:
Wheh! That's all folks!
It's intensive but a lot of fun and I love the result. I'm lucky I was taught all these techniques by my Dad, they have come in handy on more than a few occasions! As I said, there may be quicker more technological ways to do this, but for me, this hands on, multi step, I-forgot-to-eat-and-what-time-is-it? approach is the best for me.