Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Señor Angel y Señora Romana:
A Digital Restoration & Reproduction Project

   This project began last year and it was only completed last week. It really wasn't a very painstaking endeavor. It only took that long because it was often put aside LOL. But I'm glad that my client was patient about it.

   The two charcoal portraits are from an ancestral house in Batangas. They are husband and wife from the 1800's. But I'm not really sure if the original portraits were made in that era. It may have been done after the turn of the century.


   My client first gave me Señora Romana's portrait. You can see above how the artwork has deteriorated over the centuries. The wood oval frame is made of planks that are screwed together and the joints are already split. It has a nice bubble (convex) glass that is rarely produced today.


   If you think Señora Romana's portrait was badly damaged, Señor Angel's is even worse. It got ripped and they've tried to fix it with clear tape -  that turned brown after decades. His wooden frame is already broken but they were able to keep the  bubble glass. The two portraits, for some reason, were separated for many many years. Romana's stayed in the ancestral house while Angel's was brought to a house in Parañaque City.



   Thank God for Photoshop, right? Hehe. Digitally restoring both portraits took only a couple of days. Them being monochromatic made it a whole lot  easier.


   Looking for someone to make the wooden oval frames took a little while.  I took the original frame to my framer in Manila, hoping they can find someone who makes custom frames in the area. But nobody accepted it. Fortunately a furniture maker here in Las Piñas agreed to make them for me. They make wood furniture and mirrors with hand carved baroque ornaments. So this plain oval frame shouldn't be difficult for them. They use tanguile wood, also known as Philippine Mahogany. I'm quite happy with their work except that the new frames looked... really new. Hihi!


  Luckily I have a skill of making new things look old. Something I've learned in those houseware and handicraft exporting companies that I used to work for.


  So back to Manila I went to have the images printed. My framer assembled them for me. I had other items framed too but this pair of portraits is like the highlight of the show hehe. Seeing the finished product for the first time was just marvelous. Very inspiring. I wish I knew who my great great grand parents were!

  Anyway, these portraits will be brought back to the my client's ancestral house in San Juan, Batangas. Many old houses there will be open to the public as part of the tourism program of the town. Cool huh?

   Many thanks to Madam Chiqui !!!

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