The Great Tempera Experiment Part 2

Photo on 12-02-14 at 09.16For this project, we are learning to make egg tempera paint and increasing our observational skills for art. To do this, we will use egg tempera paint with different pigments and utilize the cross hatching technique. The main objective is to observe and then capture correctly what we see and utilize the different techniques we learnt to do this, for example, to squint our eyes so we can find the lightest and darkest place on the object. The goal is to first accurately draw, and then paint a part of our body. Currently, I have finished drawing my eye to proportions. I still have the painting part remaining.

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I chose my eye because I thought it would be interesting to paint a reflective, yet slightly translucent surface. I think it will also be interesting because the egg tempera paint is transparent and I think I might be able to capture it with the paint.

To prepare for drawing my eye, I first had to go through some simple steps to make it easy for me.

  • First, I took a photo of my eye. I made sure not to take a photo of my face and then zoom in because that would pixelate the image and it wouldn’t be good quality.
  • Then, I opened a new Photoshop CS5 file that had a 7×5 inch canvas.
  • After I had the Photoshop canvas ready, I dragged the photo of my eye into it.
  • To crop it, I clicked edit, and then free transform. This allowed me to resize the photo however I wanted.
  • I used this to fit the photo of my eye in the canvas and crop the parts that were not required. We had to make sure we were holding down shit while dragging the corner of the image so that it stays proportionate.
  • After the photo was in the correct size and was cropped, it was time to add the grid over it.
  • We decided that the best grid would be a 1.75×2.5 inch grid.
  • To add the grid we clicked on the ruler, which was beside and above the photo, and dragged it to the desired distance

Making the grid helped me a lot because it allowed me to get the correct proportions of my eye. It allowed me to not make the mistake I did with the fish drawing, which was drawing it un-proportionate. I could accurately capture the general shape of my eye. The grid will also help me with painting because I will know which color I should use and where is should use it.

20140211_115034For the egg tempera pigment experiment, my group used the Green Herb pigment. To turn this pigment into paint, we went through the following steps:

  • First, we grinded the pigment using the mortal and pestle.
  • At the same time, we cracked the egg and separated the yolk form the egg white.
  • After that, we continued to grind the pigment while we mixed the water with the egg yolk in a container.
  • After the mixing was done, we added the pigment to the yolk and water mixture in the container.
  • We kept on adding pigment until we got the color as nice as it could get.

Something I learnt about the pigment was that a lot of it had to be added to get the green as dark as it could get, and it still did not get dark enough. By the 5th trial, our mixture was very viscous and looked like green slime. This was probably because we didn’t add the water proportional with the pigment, but if we did do it, then the color would be too light and almost transparent. I think that the pigment wasn’t very successful because we had to add a lot of pigment without water and it still didn’t get a good green.

I think, if we compare the pastel pigments with the Green Herm pigment, the pastel pigments were much better because the colors they produced were much more vibrant and darker then that of the Green Herb. I think I will use a peaches color pastel pigment for my painting along with charcoal for the black parts.

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