Chiro on Nero – Oil on marble
This piece as well as its companion piece is done with oil paint on black nero marble. (redundant I know.) The process for getting oil to adhere to such a slick surface involved etching out the initial design with a carbide tool. This means I drew it with diamonds! After this was completed, oil successfully bonded to the surface. The hands themselves are designed from several different photographs of cadavers and studies of my own hand, which is why it is a right hand. The result is a reasonably anatomically correct averaged composite.
I have always enjoyed working in very solid materials such as wood, metals, and of course stone. The hand is Anatomical hand studies the base tool of my trade, so representing it in this way felt very portrait like. I choose to paint and draw anatomical structures like this in order to understand them better. Obviously I take great pleasure in the dissection of anything I find lying around, but due to some silly regulations, I am prevented from dissecting human specimens… for the moment. The closest thing to achieving the same education is to represent it in something that keeps my interest. If I am going to spend hours and hours on something, I want it to be worthwhile in the end. Micro detail painting fulfills that need for me.
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