Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Viner Hand Font Demo

#font #demo #inkscape #typography #VinerHand

This was created in Inkscape. I may do a further demo shwoing what this looks like with a stimulated paper texture added as a bottom layer. Don't forget if you're adding a layer in Inkscape or Gimp for a texture background to merge the layers and maybe add a little dropshadow to the layer with text and Transparent backgroundsfor the text layer until the final merge or export!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tree of Trees

This is  my #xmas but also useful for other occasions Design



on #clothing #cards and gift items ! NOW

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Birds and Vines - Can you name the Style?

#mosaic #birds #grapes #vine

Do you think this is Roman or Byzantine?

The Script across the top is a clue!

It's from an 



.... Armenian Orthodox church

in Jerusalem

Saturday, 4 November 2017

North and South and Grapes


Painting Grapes Culture and Climate and Light.

This first image is by a 17th century female painter Rachel Ruysch

Note the tonal contrast and the preference we also see in other 17th century paintings for dark backgrounds. But is it a cultural preference or simply the result of Northern light being different?
 Was the scene lit by candlelight or sunlight filtered through a glass window? Given the lack of refrigeration this was probably painted in late summer or autumn when the grapes and peaches were freshly harvested. So that's another lighting factor?

Now an image I showed you last time. Bear in mind the painter is a 19th century Italian and also that Italy is further south and gets more sun. 

Is it culture or climate that is shaping how light is described and rendered ?

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Two Styles for rendering grapes

Two Styles for rendering Grapes.

This first image is by a 19th century Italian painter.

For contrast here's a 19th century Japanese print in ukiyo-e style. 

The Italian Oil Painting has beautiful rich colors and you can almost taste the grapes.
The Japanese print lacks shadows but still has tones and a sense of depth creating by the curves plus an element of humor.

Both are masterpieces of still life in different ways .

Sunday, 29 October 2017

More images of the grape harvest

Three contrasting images of the grape harvest.

Southern Europe Northern Europe and one from a Chinese text discussing grapes as medicine.