This blog represents the work and thoughts of Howard Lyon, Artist and Illustrator

Thank you Caravaggio

I don't always have the time to do the kind of art study that I would like.  So sometimes I have to incorporate that study into my work.  Caravaggio is one of my favorite artists, so for this painting of The Fell Court I decided to base my composition on Caravaggio's painting of Supper at Emmaus.

Why you ask?  I wanted to spend some real time looking at what makes this composition work.  The powerful lights and darks along with the limited palette.  The masterful foreshortening of the character on the right and look at how the character on the left looks like he is just about to move, to breath and speak.  Wonderful.  I have only done this a few times over the years, but I always find it to be a very useful experience.

So thank you Caravaggio for helping lift at least this image for Dungeons and Dragons a little higher. :)

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