Drawing with Sanguine Drawing

Drawing with Sanguine
• Sanguine is a reddish/brown iron oxide chalk usually mined in Italy
• It is available in several other tones such as orange, tan, brown and beige
• Sanguine gets it’s name as it resembles the colour of dried blood
• It is ideal for rendering or modelling volume and human flesh
• Was a staple for the old masters including Leonardo DaVinci,
Michelangelo, Raphael, Del Sarto and was favoured by Venetian
painters such as Rueben’s.
• Used earlier by the Egyptians and Ancient Romans
• Mid-toned papers are ideal for sanguine drawings
• Sanguine combined with black and white forms the technique known as
aux trois crayons meaning “with three pencils”

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