Drawing with silver
Silverpoint is a medieval drawing technique that involves dragging a silver stylus across a specially prepared surface. The resulting image is made of layers of silver oxide.
Although silverpoint drawings have a similar appearance to regular pencil drawings, the technique is unique in that it allows for more subtlety and much finer detail.
Silverpoint can't be altered or rubbed out - making it a highly respected form of draughtsmanship. Once the silver has been transferred, there's no going back. It's not for the faint-hearted - there's no CTRL Z in Silverpoint!
More information and history of the technique here.
Leonardo's silverpoint, early 16th C
Nick and silverpoint
I work mostly in the medium of wood, carving traditional woodcarving, sculpture and artworks. My first love, however, has always been drawing and nowadays I am gripped by the silverpoint technique.
My subject matter is varied, - portraits, trees, dogs and more 'art' based subjects including silverpoint drawings on 3D objects which I have carved and coated with a medium that takes the silver.
Silverpoint is a technique suited to my temperament. I love the intensity and the sense of peace that comes over me when I'm concentrating, - usually on quite small images. (Making the most of it while I still have some eyesight!)
For more information about commissioning a portrait or silverpoint drawing, please go to commission.
Nick is a full-time artist based in Sheffield, UK.
He was born in Scarborough, UK but grew up in South Africa where he studied Fine Art Printmaking in Durban.
After winning a travel scholarship, he returned to the UK to further his studies at the Central School of Art and Design in London, specialising in lithography and working as a printmaker until 1984.
Since then he has worked as a woodcarver and artist, moving to Sheffield in 1990.
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