The art of shield painting

This image appeared as historiated initial – an enlarged letter at the beginning of a paragraph that contains a picture. 

The origin of this initial is medical book from Italy XIII ct that was a translation of the “Canon of Healing” written by Avicenna in 1025 year.

Most likely the image described Elephantiasis – a condition characterized by gross enlargement of an area of the body, especially the limbs. Other areas commonly affected include the external genitals – that’s what we see on this image.

For the annual giveaway we decided to recreate this image on one of out shields.

Here are the five steps from our beautiful artist Julia Volkova who made the painting.

Step 1.

Search for composition and markup of the pattern on the shield.

The art of shield painting - long range pavise with image

Step 2.

Application of the first coat of paint – the main local warm and cold colors.

The art of shield painting - long range pavese with image step 2

Step 3.

Abstract shadows are applied to the figure, which form halftones to emphasize the anatomy of the human body.

The long range pavise with image.

Step 4.

Applying a second layer of paint to saturate the colors, as well as applying the darkest color – purple. Other colors are also applied to it to create a “light and shadow” effect.

A white base for a gold color is applied as well.

The art of shield painting - long range pavese shield with image on it.

Step 5.

The last long stage is drawing small details, contours, as well as correction. Complete drying of the paint occurs within a day, then the drawing is opened with a special protective varnish.

Finished! The art of shield painting - long range pavise with image.

So here is the result:

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