Metal Point Drawings

Metal point is a very old drawing technique first used by medieval scribes long before the invention of drawing pens or pencils. A metallic wire is used to sketch on a drawing surface that has been prepared with a special coating or “ground.” A metalpoint drawing can take weeks or months to complete.

There are many types of metals used in this method. A metallic wire or stylus of sterling silver, brass, bronze, copper or 24k gold is used to create beautiful works of art. New metal point drawings are shiny and reflective, but will tarnish with time and develop a patina. Drawings made from gold do not tarnish.

Many famous Renaissance painters, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo and Botticelli, used the method in preparation for painting. Perhaps the most famous silverpoint drawing is Albrecht Durer’s “The Hare.” Here are some metal point drawings that I have completed in the last year or two. Some are combined with a water color wash. 

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