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Holly Sophia Julia CUNLIFFE

Nationality: British
Course: Painting and Drawing
Program: One-Year Course
Period: Sep. 2, 2019 - Apr. 24, 2020

Hello, this is Holly, I am from a small English city called Chester. I am from a creative background studying from Fine Arts, Textiles and Fashion Design expanding skills as far as special effects makeup and photography as a hobby. I am currently studying Painting and Drawing to gain a style and learn everything about the Italian Renaissance techniques.

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Reporter: Holly Sophia Julia CUNLIFFE | Course: Painting and Drawing

Painting and Drawing vol.3 (One-Year Course – Holly)

Week 3
Monday 16th

Had a drawing lesson, the lesson was based around improving the drawing skills from last Wednesday, with a different media focusing closely on symmetry and angles of the sculpture. (image1)
I decided to experiment with a regular HB pencil and used 2B and 6B for darker shading.

After this, I decided to try my first Italian Gelato (image 2) tiramisu and melon, and sat along the riverfront.
Then went for a walk up the Michelangelo viewing point. (image 3)
On my way down I found an impressive Museum for sculpture and jewellery with an artist studio and a unique perfume shop. (Image 4,5)

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Painting Drawing blog

Painting Drawing blog

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Painting Drawing blog

Wednesday 18th
Using the same sculpture as Monday’s session, I decided to try a different approach using a sepia pencil. I was fatigued and struggled a lot for focus and concentration. (image 6)
Eventually, I managed to get some shading techniques after face mapping for what felt like the whole lesson.

The basic lesson was interesting. We learnt more about the 1st generation of the Medici family. Followed by how they used to move around the city above the Ponte Vecchio to the countryside retreat, and discovered some Italian words. After this, I met one of my friends, and we went up the Michelangelo’s view on a Vespa to see the sunset. (image 7,8)

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Painting Drawing blog

Painting Drawing blog

Thursday 19th
Today I went back to the lemon painting I started last week from the base colour in today’s session. I got to work more with shading and shadows to make the image come together. It was slightly frustrating as the still life had changed since last week, so I felt like my image was off and entirely right. (image 9)

After class, I went back to the apartment for a rest, then headed back out to meet my classmates for a meal outside the Duomo. (Image 10)
After I decided to go for a walk and came across a fantastic fireworks display next to the Ponte Vecchio. (image 11)

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Painting Drawing blog

Painting Drawing blog

Friday 20th
As a group, we set off early to Badia Fiorentina (image 12,13) I loved the architecture and history of this church the alter was remarkable.

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