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