Alexander The Great

Ancient Greeks – Portraits

This is a bust of Alexander The Great! I decided to start drawing this one because it looked a bit simpler and also because it is one of my dad’s favourite historical figures. The main lesson I got from this one is that even if the charcoal produces beautiful contrasts with the white paper…you still need to be careful not to overdo it. I believe I used more charcoal than necessary resulting in a “smudged” tone in some areas! A mistake to be avoided!

You can see that although the final result is quite impressive thanks to the strong contrast between the dark charcoal and white paper, in reality the drawing starts in a very basic format. You must focus on getting the basic proportions correct. This is the first step. Then you can build up adding tone and details. But remember…the most detailed drawing…will just look bad if the basic proportions are not right! Spend some time in the beginning to get that foundation correct!

This ties in brilliantly with my Life Drawing classes. See sketches from the weekly life drawing classes I joined recently here:

LIFE DRAWING

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THE ARTIST…

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“Busts is a collection of charcoal drawings which represents my first steps in the world of life drawing and drawing of human figures and faces in general. In these first drawings I am just trying to put in practice the theory that I read in sketching books or the instructions that our tutor gives during our life drawing classes. Hopefully, as I progress and practice more, the quality of my drawings will be improving with more confident lines and more powerful tone contrasts.”

Art is more fun when you meet the artists themselves. Meet the man behind the  scenes. Visit THE ARTIST… 

Love Sketching and Painting

CHROMA

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PAINTING & UNESCO

Painting & UNESCO

Main Hall of Educational Institution

Feeling really proud and honoured as one of my paintings, “Harmonising Aspects of Civilisations”, is permanently displayed in the private educational institution “Fryganiotis“.

This painting was created in 2015 for the opening of the 1st UNESCO Student Symposium in northern Greece which was held in the premises of the private school. Since then it has been displayed permanently in the main hall of the school and has been admired by a large number of visitors, students and members staff every year.

Excerpt from the Symposium’s site:

The Greek World Heritage Sites

“…The aim of the symposium is to motivate students to participate in a constructive dialogue, through which will be presented all aspects of the relationship of young people with the monuments, the problems and challenges of maintenance, use and abuse of the most important monuments of our country….”

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…the painting has been displayed permanently in the main hall of the school and has been admired by a large number of visitors…


Recently, the painting was spotted online as part of the school’s promotional posts on Facebook. The approx 1.0m x 1.2m acrylic painting of Parthenon was the background of an informational post regarding the school’s success in a local Chess Competition.

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Student’s face blurred to protect privacy

The painting was gifted to the school along with a description of the artistic meaning and thought process during its creation. Read here (original in Greek below):

Painting Title: Harmonising Aspects of Civilisations

In an era when there is no border between civilisations and the cultural influences mix characteristics, customs and traditions in a very fast pace, there are milestones to remind us not only the past but also its versatility to co-exist with the present.

This modern Parthenon, painted with  purposely less detail, stands in the crossing line between the old and the modern underlining the possibility of those two standing together in a unique combination. Main ingredient of this combination is the Greek civilisation itself. On the one hand the classical Greek civilisation in blue with consistent, solid and certain brushstrokes as it would be suitable for the foundation of any structure. On the other hand the modern Greek civilisation, which is founded on the principles of the ancient one, however is the recipient of a storm of influences from other cultures and is in a constant process of modernisation, adaptation and renewal.

The two faces of the Greek civilisation are in a constant dialog through Parthenon, the most famous and emblematic structure of classical Greece, reminding to the observer that the new and the old are mainly tied together rather than clashing.

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My warmest regards and thanks to the private school Fryganiotis for appreciating and displaying my art.  For more of my work visit THE ARTIST…  or explore CHROMA.