We started with a charcoal drawing from the figure, then shellaced the paper and restated the shadow tones with a shellac based ink. Once this was dry, we painted with oils on top. The surface was extremely smooth and we worked in a semi transparent manner, using the color of the ground in the shadows. Vincent stressed the importance of color temperature when describing light on the form.
Vincent graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy in 1983 and is now represented by Marlborough Gallery in NYC. He has a solo exhibition opening on November 20th. I'm planning to go up to see the show during the weekend of November 22nd & 23rd. If you're in the NYC area, I highly recommend you go see this show if you have the chance.
545 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
Vincent Desiderio ~ Cockaigne ~ 1993-2003 ~ oil on canvas ~ 112 x 154 in.