Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Mourning Tiara | cast glass and metal | 1880-1890 | Bohemia
The custom of wearing mourning dress was encouraged by Queen Victoria’s prolonged mourning after the death of her husband Albert in 1861. Formal mourning required black crepe or bombazine clothes along with ‘a few trinkets to accentuate the general sombreness of the costume’. This tiara shows that jet or its substitutes was worn at the highest level of society: only those above a certain social class would have had the occasion to wear a tiara. It is interesting that it is made of ‘French jet’, a cast glass substitute for jet. As supplies of jet were not sufficient to keep up with the demand, dark cast glass known as ‘French jet’ or ‘Vauxhall glass’ was often used.
“Shawl”, By Jyri, 2010. Sketch & Drawing in Harmony, The rest done with ink, along with few custom brushes in photoshop.
So, yeah. I said it would take few tries before I tried to do actual proper piece. But hey, it didn’t take me too long. The size of this is something like 3300x4400 pixels or so. I did the lines with Harmony… it took me 8 screenshots to piece this thing together, IIRC.
The drawing was what amounts to a tracing job of this photo posted by my friend. I just took some creative license. The idea was that if I can’t exactly draw in Harmony what that photo has, I have no hope of using Harmony, at all.
It seems it worked. I kinda like it.