Figurative Art | Dramatic Realist Artist Eric Armusik

Classical Figurative Artist

Painted Human Emotion

Eric Armusik, (b. 1973) paints classical figurative art that fuses his life experiences with art history.  His paintings are a declaration to the dramatic power of representational art.  The origin of his inspiration does not lie in academia, but rather his childhood, surrounded by the vivid paintings he saw in Gothic cathedrals as a child.  Eric doesn't aspire to simply paint a figure; he paints a moment, a human experience, and an emotional dialogue that transcends culture, religion and time itself.  If you want realist figurative art you can go to any academic painter.  If you want to know the sublime passion an artist has for the inner souls of the human beings in his paintings, you've come to the right painting website.  The work of Eric Armusik is painted human emotion.  Welcome to ericarmusik.com

Ready to Dive In

After several weeks of working with models traveling out of the area to do photo shoots for reference, I'm ready to dive into the whole series from the beginning.  I was held back a few weeks ago when I found I didn't have a model to work with for the character of Dante and my model for Virgil had recently been in the hospital for foot surgery.  I had considered jumping ahead to Canto 7 or Canto 9 so I could continue progress on the series but I ran into complications with some of the poses for those Cantos as well.  In the end, it all worked out for the better.  I now have most of the reference material I need to put together most of the compositions for each of the 40 panels.  Any supplemental poses and modeling sessions I'll need over the next 3 years I'll seek out when it is necessary.  

I am going to be starting on Panel 1 from Canto 1 tomorrow.  Now that I am ready it only makes sense to start this journey,  albiet for me an artistic one, from the beginning and follow the poem in order until the end.  I'll post once I get started.  

My homemade stocking hat I made for my Dante model to wear for the poses.  I had a terrible time finding the red stocking hat so I had to make one out of canvas and dye it red to match the outfit I purchased.  Fortunately the white part of this outfit, the Renaissance linen coif, I was able to purchase off of an artisan from Etsy - A Stroll Through Time

My homemade stocking hat I made for my Dante model to wear for the poses.  I had a terrible time finding the red stocking hat so I had to make one out of canvas and dye it red to match the outfit I purchased.  Fortunately the white part of this outfit, the Renaissance linen coif, I was able to purchase off of an artisan from Etsy - A Stroll Through Time

Canto 3 - Day 1: Grisaille

I made the decision last week, to begin with, Canto 3.  It was more of a practical choice because the model I chose for Dante would not be available to pose until mid-November, thus I chose a canto with a back pose for the main character.  Choosing to start with this panel was also a symbolic choice for me as it marks the beginning of my voyage as an artist.  Where this artistic journey will take me over the next 2-3 years I do not know but it will be transformative and historic. This project is unlike any epic project I've ever taken on.  It has taken me months of contemplation, sketching from models, arranging compositions, consulting with Dante scholar, Professor Kleinhenz and having the guts to move forward, not knowing how this will all evolve.  I appreciate all the support I've received the last few months, all the financial contributions from private collectors and the support I received from Jerry's Artarama.  I could not have done this without you.

Day 1 with the first AlumaComp aluminum panel from Jerry's Artarama (protective film still attached to the substrate)

Day 1 with the first AlumaComp aluminum panel from Jerry's Artarama (protective film still attached to the substrate)

AlumaComp panel (brushed side up) - applying the first coat of grey acrylic gesso

AlumaComp panel (brushed side up) - applying the first coat of grey acrylic gesso

Smoothing out the third and final coat of acrylic gesso.  After a few hours of drying time I sand the panel down using a sand paper block.  Start with 100 grit and progress to 200 grit for a smooth finish

Smoothing out the third and final coat of acrylic gesso.  After a few hours of drying time I sand the panel down using a sand paper block.  Start with 100 grit and progress to 200 grit for a smooth finish

Doing a rough sketch grisaille of Canto 3.

Doing a rough sketch grisaille of Canto 3.

Day 1 - Canto 3 - finished the rough in of the panel

Day 1 - Canto 3 - finished the rough in of the panel