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Queen Nefertiti – Process of Drawing – How Did I Create This Work

Ancient Egypt is the most interesting empire between the dominant civilizations throughout history. If you ask why I admire ancient Egypt, I can count many reasons. Their artistic insights, beliefs, buildings, still unresolved secrets…etc.

Ancient Egyptian art has always inspired me. So I wanted to make it a part of my art. I have analysed the sculpture of the Queen Nefertiti still standing today. Then I researched about the different Pharaohs and Cleopatra. As a result of my research, I blended all the characteristic features. I prepared a sketch in the direction of my plan. But believe me the current work is very different from sketch. Even if I do it within a drawing plan, the artwork changes a lot during drawing. I think the only thing that will get this situation clear is the inspiration.

I always handle a general symmetry in my works. And I create my lines and shadings by following this symmetry. When I finished my image, I started to paint the background. I wanted to get papyrus effect at the background. So, I used the brush stroke as I can create this effect. There were bands on the edges of hardboard while painting the background. Because I had a plan for the edges.

I removed the bands after the paint dried. I had a long research process for the edges. I thought the hieroglyphs to be drawn should be real and meaningful. So I quoted from the original one. I carefully drawn these hieroglyphs and I carved the wood. In the meantime I also carved some parts of my fingers. For me it was difficult. Because it is a detailed job and a controlled pressure must be applied. But it does not matter because it was worth it.

I colorized hieroglyphics for emphasize after carved them. And finally I repeated the painting process to increase the permanence of the paint.

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She is a young artist and designer. She writes articles about different topics. She also writes stories about her own artworks. Art is passion for her. The majority of her dreams are about art. She wants to be a world-famous painter.

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