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Thread: Little Romanic churches in Abruzzo (improved)

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    Little Romanic churches in Abruzzo (improved)

    This is crayons on one layer. Used a reference without tracing, measuring and color picking.
    It's Noogins' fault if I resumed crayons , but I must say that tools for drawing like pencils, crayons, chalk, pen etc. fit me well enough since I started with them before painting (much later).
    I hope You like it even if I eventually didn't plan and exploit the possibility of more layers and other tools to push on realism.
    I left the sheet size quite reduced.

    A second version added below with little improvements (worked a little on some central arches, some shadows and put a flying bird to make You feel the wind in this elevated place beneath the mountains...
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    Last edited by Caesar; 05-18-2011 at 07:33 PM.
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    Hail O Caesar much better when u squint ----E/S

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    Wonderful job Caesar, like it a lot

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    Caesar - a nice study of early Roman churches... crayon provides great texture for the stones and sky. I am wondering about the 2 round windows...since they are not aligned it would seem like the building would collapse, what are they for and why two and why aren't they aligned with each other... you may not be able to answer but if you can please do...

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    ... or You may see it from some distance, dear ATPlus. Thank You!

    Hi, dear Pat! Welcome back home! Thank You!

    Thank You, dear Ghxpainter! The Romanic style (not roman) is the earlier Middle Age building style later on followed by the Gothic one, which has few examples only in Italy, and originally modified, like in Orvieto Cathedral or the Milan one, for two reasons at least. First because in Italy there was not much problem to have light into, second because Renaissance started much before anywhere else in Italy (and was subsequently exported abroad quite later and to some extent only), so the reference was, as traditional since the Roman-Greek times, proportions, rules, harmonic measures, elegance in lines and decorations even for huge buildings.
    The Romanic style has massive column and thick walls so as to bear the building weight in a distributed way. Moreover this peculiar building seems to be composed of various parts, with changes from original design, probably of different periods and they all concur to keep the complex standing.
    I hope this explanation I gave to myself may be convincing for You too, otherwise I'll have to go there and or look for some expert of that building concept.
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    Hail O Caesar. Don't worry that building will still be standing when we are all

    GONE.

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    Thanks Caesar..... that is kind of what I was thinking... that this building has been modified many times over the centuries. and its original design probably has massively thick stone walls.

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    Caesar, if it's still standing after all this time and renovations I would hazard a guess that there was something right about the original building and you have done a wonderful job of painting this old beauty

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    Love the finished product, you have quite a vision in your work.
    Geoff

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