This wonderful DVD series follows Margaret Baumgaertner, the highly respected painter and teacher, as she explores the use of Yarka Sauce in portraiture. Though popular in Russia for decades, Yarka Sauce is still relatively unknown in the United States, and Baumgaertner provides a comprehensive introduction to this subtle and rich medium.
The video provides a detailed examination of Yarka Sauce and its history. It also follows Baumgaertner, step-by-step through the creation of a portrait using Yarka Sauce, illustrating the peculiarities of the medium as well as techniques for its most effective use. 1 hour 45 minutes
Buy this DVD for $79! A combination of a box of Black Yarka sauce (ten sticks) plus the Sauce DVD series is available for $94. Postage and handling is $15 for orders within the US and $20 for international shipping.
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What is Sauce? Sauce (or Soyuz, in Russian) is a centuries old Russian medium. It is a pastel/charcoal-like crayon made of pigment, Chasov Yar clay, and carbon in a compressed stick. Sauce is a very intriguing and versatile medium, possessing incredible depth, solidity, and subtlety. Tonally superior to charcoal, it has a smooth, velvety appearance and is totally dissolvable in water, where it becomes dense and inky black.
How Do I Use Sauce? Incredibly strong in pigmenting power, Sauce must be crushed into a powder using a pestle and mortar before application in a drawing or painting. It can be used like charcoal when dry, but when water is added, it completely dissolves to become black and inky, and can be used as an ink wash. Where Do I Find Sauce? Sauce is being imported from Russia and currently is only available in the United States as "Yarka Sauce", distributed by Baumgaertner Portraits.
This Video Includes:
The History of Sauce: An introduction to the work of Russian artist Ivan Kramskoy.
Method and Materials: Steps on crushing the sauce into a powder with a pestle and mortar, creating a pounce pad, introduction to the tools used to apply the sauce, both dry and wet.
Setting Up the Model: How to position lighting, clothing, background and model pose.
Preparing the Surface: Paper selection, tips on securing the paper to the board.
Drawing: Measuring the head and placement of the head and hands.
Measuring the head of the model at a distance. Construction of the "cartoon", silhouette and shadow shape.
Applying the Powdered Sauce: Use of the pounce pad, bristle brush, and tortillion to build up value masses with the powered sauce. Applying the Wet Sauce: How to push the full nine value range by brushing clear water over the dry sauce, working with subtle ink washes, or boldly painting the full strength inky sauce.
Reapplying powered sauce, and working into the drawing: Modeling the form, working edges, intensifying darks, and establishing a likeness.
Finishing: Close up, screen in screen, uncut instructions on how to finish the eyes, nose, mouth, ear, hair, necklace, clothing and hand.
Making corrections: Use of kneaded eraser, ink eraser, and "lifting" to lighten too dark areas.