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Thread: Corfe Castle, Dorset

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    West Sussex, UK

    Corfe Castle, Dorset

    The ruins of Corfe Castle in the southern county of Dorset dominate the stone walls of the village from a green hilltop. The scene was sketched last year - with the ever-helpful photos - from my hotel window with its foreshortened view over the rooftops. The castle, built in the 11th century, was besieged and laid waste in 1657 in the English Civil War.

    I used ink almost exclusively for this illustration, with pen lines for the houses detail, and with a pastel overlay to give the impression of the hillside soil showing through the green grass. There are two inns in the village. The "Greyhound" upper storeys can be seen in the lower middle foreground, and the "Bankes Arms" signboards are shown side on to the lower right. To create the interiors of windows - curtains, etc., I use a "glass" layer which is then overlaid with a "window frames" layer - both in ink - and then sandwich a coarse pastel layer between them to create the effect of items seen through glass.


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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Faro, Algarve, Portugal
    Wow Mike
    This is master painting. Fantástic
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Rome (Italy)
    Another excellent one in Your "lythographic style", a masterful way to synthetize and emphasize the portrayed subject.
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

  4. #4
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    Jul 2006
    Looks like a devil of a castle to storm. The town's rather vulnerable though. Nice painting.
    "Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream

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