Drawing Hygieia and thinking out loud

One of the first things I realized as I began drawing the pattern, was that I would have to scrap the notion I had of doing this in 6 and 8 cuts.

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I think in order to get the kind of detail I would like, I will be using everything from 3 on up.

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As I look at her hair, it appears ‘fluffy/curly, and is ‘ragged’ along the edges, so I’m thinking that a thick twisted wool might give me the effect. The gold circles in the hair were ( I think) originally gold leaf, so perhaps I’ll think of applying small gold discs. Lots of ideas percolating as I go along…..Wait a minute…

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having taken a picture of her head from another version…I now see that the curly hair is dark brown and up close to her face, and the black with gold is actually a headpiece!

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The detail given her neckpiece also varies quite a bit between the renditions, as well as the headpiece. I wonder what other surprises  await me as I study her in detail!!

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Since the original was destroyed in 1945, all the photos I am looking at are of reproductions, and I’ve noticed that in some of them she looks very ‘jowl-ee’. When drawing the face using the grid as my reference, she did indeed end up very wide just below the chin.

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I’ve narrowed that down until I’m satisfied with the look. The more drawing I do, the more I stand back for the overall effect and make adjustments. Also as I get details placed, I find I go over them with long sweeping lines, not short ‘square-to-square- ones.

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As a result, there’s been a lot of erasing going on! The red dot isn’t too fond of that, and scrubs up quite considerably, but I’m trusting that that won’t make a difference when I’m drawing with the sharpie. I have read various comments that say never to use a sharpie…use a scrub-a-dub? (I’m not sure of the name). I’ve never found them,I’ve always used sharpies and never had a problem, so that’s likely what I’lll use again. (especially since I have a half box of them left over from when I drew my hall rug patterns) Looking forward to getting to that step.

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