Sketchweek 4: Greek statues from the British Museum.

With time to kill and near the British Museum…
I would normally rather draw the people traipsing around the artefacts; it was fun for once to see how it would be drawing from antiquity – like an old fashioned ‘proper’ art student.

Differences in style between the works below and classical art school drawings:

  1. No rubbing out so you can see all the marks made in the work
  2. Time. These took 3o minutes each, not 3 days
  3. There’s no constantly sharpening my pencil or using fine charcoal
  4. The idea is to bring them to life, not slavishly plot points excitement not Uglow like boredom. I’ve even added the willy back on Apollo! How dare they knock todgers off; surely a mutilated manhood is more offensive than a normal male set of parts?

I wish the British Museum would light their sculpture in a more dynamic way. Maybe have moving spotlights on tracks above.

The Third Nereid. 30 minute Pencil sketch. 210718. Made with a graphite stick and a Palamino Blackwing. I wanted to carry the sculpture on; to see where the material might have gone. Such movement and delicate sculpting. A real work of art to study.

Nerieds torso British Museum 0718

Apollo holding a kithara. 30 minute Pencil sketch. 210718. Made with a graphite stick and a Palamino Blackwing. The first drawing done. A little scrappy. Fun to sit down in front of the work and admire the craftsmanship of the stone carving. I think the Greek bronzes are even better, if you get a chance ot see them.

Apollo torso British Museum 0718

What the above works look like in the photographic medium. With better than normal lighting.

 

http://www.britishmuseum.org/

About Trevor Mill

This is my work. Art & Design. The fruits of my labour. Commissions / projects welcome.
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One Response to Sketchweek 4: Greek statues from the British Museum.

  1. I love the first one…how’re they green? 🤔

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