What In The World Is Chiaroscuro?
I’ve always been drawn to the play between light and shadow. How about you?
For me I think back to walking in the forest and feeling drawn to the vast difference between navy shadows cast from the trees, and the green and gold patches lit up by the strobes of sunlight that are able to peek through them. This contrast also intrigues me in paintings and drawings. There is a technique called Chiaroscuro - "chiaro" meaning bright or lit up, and "scuro" meaning dark - that was initially used by some Great Masters to create impact in their art. Watch my time lapse video below to hear more about this technique and follow me as I create a dramatic pencil drawing of Alana Sparrow - instagram.com/alanasparrow
Art That Honors Our Whole Story
The play between light and shadow creates shapes, emotions, and a sense of drama. I was inspired to create this pencil drawing because the model seemed to portray both strength and softness, determination and vulnerability. I am fueled to create art that honors our whole story as women and as humans - that shows the power that can arise from being vulnerable. When I drew this piece, I thought of all women. I thought about how our eyes tell stories unspoken. Eyes that seek to understand our place, and that are looking to connect. And when I look in the mirror and see light falling on my features, I try to remember and honor my story. That I’ve earned every line, shadow and gray hair. I also try to remember the sparkle in my eye that holds my goofy side, and the determination to never give up or give in.