A method developed for faded pigment representation by the Epigraphic Survey involves Derwent pencils

Instagram April 27. 2020

In their early publications, the Epigraphic Survey’s artists recorded numerous samples of polychrome painted reliefs by using monochrome photographic enlargements as the basis for facsimile paintings, a highly effective technique when representing well-preserved wall decoration with only one paint stage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The complicated series of paint stages in the ambulatory of the Small Temple requires a more complex approach. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

After some experimentation, it was found that good results could be obtained by creating enhanced color pencil drawings on transparent film, using the finalized black-and-white facsimile line drawings of the scenes as a background.

The color pencils enable the artist to reproduce fine painted lines, even at scale, and the original tones can be represented accurately by building up each color from three different pencil hues, thus capturing the wide variety of color transitions needed for faithful replication of the original, especially where faded or eroded. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 

A crosshatched texture mixing the three selected hues is used to indicate large color panels, complementing the individual color pencil lines used to record the fine paint lines.

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