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Dying Warrior of Aegina

 

Drawing of a marble sculpture of a dying warrior from the Temple of Aphaia in Aegina, Greece

Dying Warrior of Aegina
22 x 30 inches
Graphite on paper

The marble sculpture of this dying warrior resides in the Glyptothek Museum in Munich. It was taken from the west pediment of the Temple of Aphaia and is dated from 490-480 BC.

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Woman in Garden No. 1
Noah Overby
Graphite drawing with woodblock print
Images size: 5.5 x 3.25 inches    

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Woman in Garden No. 2
Noah Overby
India ink drawing with woodblock print
Image size: 5.5 x 3.25 inches    

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Woman in Garden No. 3
Noah Overby
Walnut ink drawing with woodblock print
Image size: 5.5 x 3.25 inches    

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Woman in Garden No. 4
Noah Overby
Graphite drawing with woodblock print
Images size: 5.5 x 3.25 inches    

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Woman in Garden No. 5
Noah Overby
India ink drawing on paper with woodblock print
Image size: 5.5 x 3.25 inches    

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I just completed a series of drawing based on my woodblock print “Venus and Garden.” I have been looking at the amazing woodblock prints of Edvard Munch lately and thanks to the book “Edvard Munch The Complete Graphic Works” by Gerd Woll I learned that Munch used a ‘coping saw’ to cut his woodblocks into pieces as if making a jigsaw puzzle. This allowed him to ink areas of his image with different colors and then reassemble them before printing. The advantage to doing this is that he did not have to carve a new block for each color that he wished to print, and he could create multicolor prints with a single pass through the press.    

I adapted the idea by cutting away the figure from my woodblock. This allowed me to print several blanks that I could use as the basis for new drawings, reinserting different figures into the environment. Since I’m always interested in what I call the language of the drawing and experimenting with different qualities of line and media it was a really fun experiment and seemed to work out great!    

Although the garden scene that forms the background for these figure studies is fictional it reminds me of my trip to Versailles years ago. The beautiful garden with classical sculptures and fountains of flowing water made quite an impression on me at the time. I tried to capture the feeling of frivolity and peaceful sanctuary that the gardens represented for me in these figures.

Available in my Etsy shop for $35 each.

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This sketch of a Roman bronze is from a statue that dates back to the beginning of the first century A.D. The bronze is a copy of an earlier Greek original from the 5th century B.C.that was thought to be a funerary statue.

I am currently interested in studying statues from antiquity and creating a series of prints based on these drawings. It’s a means of exploring some of the early examples of Western art and the idealized human form depicted in these artworks.

I’m fascinated by the way woodblock prints lend themselves to the depiction of flat shapes, which can be be manipulated to achieve the illusion of form and dimension. Printmaking is always a way for me to expand my repertoire of mark making and give a particular character to the subjects that I depict.

I have already started carving a block based on this image which will be the first woodblock print in the series, and may decide to do some drypoint prints as well. I will post an image of the woodblock soon.

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Sketches after Whistler

Here are a couple of sketches that I completed the other day. One is after “Portrait of the Painter’s Mother” by James McNeill Whistler, and the other is after the “Portrait of Theodore Duret.”
Whistler’s painting of his mother is considered a masterpiece and extremely well known. I find the limited color palette of the original quite beautiful in its subtle hues. I’m fascinated with the way that the dark clothing of the mother, the base of the wall and the curtain all blend into one large block of form, becoming very flat despite the detailed nature of the painting. I have attempted to capture some of the subtle details of pattern observed in the curtains reminiscent of a motif featuring Japanese cherry blossoms. The framed picture on the wall is painted with little detail, but appears to be one of Whistler’s earlier etchings.
Theodore Duret as I have learned was a traveller, collector of art, crooked art dealer and man about town, or boulevardier. His father was a wealthy businessman who owned a brandy business in Cognac.

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by Adriana Grant, Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Collectively, ‘Small Works’ leaves a sizable impression

Visit Some Space gallery and you’ll find a smattering of great art. All of it, this month, is small. In the second annual “Small Works” exhibit, which opened Thursday, no artwork exceeds 12 inches on a side.

A trippy, intricately patterned, magenta, tie-dyed canvas, “Masquerade” by Robert Hardgrave, is 1 square foot. Similar work (only much larger) was shown at Lawrimore Project early this year. Another 12-by-12-inch painting is covered…

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Cloud Drawings @ Etsy

Cloud Drawing #4
Graphite and white china marker on paper
Image size 9.5 x 7.5 inches
Inventory # 08-J-04

For your convenience you may now browse some of my cloud drawings available for purchase in my online etsy.com shop. These drawings are matted with acid free archival white mats in standard size formats for easy framing. You may wish to bookmark my shop because I will be adding new works regularly as they become available. Check it out! www.noahoverby.etsy.com.

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Cloud Drawing #3

Cloud Drawing #3
Graphite and white china marker on paper
Image size 9.5 x 7.5 inches
Inventory # 08-J-03

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