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Some drawings

September 22nd, 2009 (07:03 pm)
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Sorting through the bits and pieces I've just rescued from storage, I came across an old sketchbook, with various drawings made in museums. The funny thing is that I originally drew them because pictures of them weren't available. Now, thanks to the wonder of the Internet, I've been able to find photos of most of the original pieces!





Drawn in pencil on paper and then left in a very damp place, hence the water marks.


akhenaten akhenaten
A particularly beautiful colossal head of Akhenaten (Louvre).
Recognisible but not very accurate!
akhenaten akhenaten
Lower part of a head of Akhenaten (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).
Bit too 'normal'!
amenemhat iii amenemhat iii
Colossal Head of Amenemhat III (British Museum).
senwosret iii senwosret iii
Statue of Senwosret III (British Museum). An iron fist in an iron glove!
The careworn face shows his concern for his people; the oversize ears
show that he is there to listen to their problems.
execration figure
Beautiful little Middle Kingdom/Second Intermediate Period
execration figure (Fitzwilliam Museum), pinched from a handful of clay.
Used in rituals designed to curse the enemies of Egypt.
dying slave dying slave
Quick sketch of Michelangelo's Dying Slave (Louvre).
budai budai
Laughing Budai (British Museum).
Too western, too human :-(
budai budai
Dancing satyr (Sainsbury Centre).


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Posted by: Quinara (quinara)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Skins Cassie sun

They all look great to me! Heh, I'm so glad there are photographs these days - I can't draw at all!

I especially like Senwosret III and his big ears. The only Egyptian art I've really looked at has been in relation to Minoan Crete, so I don't know much about it, but it amuses me when they get so literal! It's such an interesting idea, that a portrait shouldn't be about representing a life-like image but communicating a message instead. Obviously that's not an idea that went anywhere and you can still see it today, but the Egyptians seem like they didn't make any apology for it - ie. they didn't limit it to simply enhancing reality, but thought it was natural to draw some people twice the size of everyone else. /ill-informed ramble

And the dancing satyr! All statues are better then they're dancing. *nods*

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
singin & dancin

It's such an interesting idea, that a portrait shouldn't be about representing a life-like image but communicating a message instead.

Egyptian art is brilliant in that respect because it's all basically built from hieroglyphs (which is why the figures 'walk like Egyptians'). Something like this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ramesses_II_as_child.jpg

is an image of young Ramesses II that also spells out his name, Ra + ms (child) + sw (sedge plant).

The satyr is Etruscan and, although you can't really see it in either picture, has one of those enigmatic Etruscan faces.

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Rumil

I wish I was clever like you are, Brian...

(I wish I could remember where the quote comes from too!)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
draco

I searched, but all I could find was a Peter Cook and Dudley Moore sketch:

http://www.epicure.demon.co.uk/fatherandson.html

LOL.

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm 2

I have a feeling it was an advert in the mid 1980s - featuring small boys, maybe - but not as funny as Pete and dud!

Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
easily distracted

Hee - it looks like an ancient sketchbook I have from when I was doing my Art A level! LOL! Excellent sketches - I like how you've got the essence of the dying slave. :)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
tree

Sketchbooks are such lovely things, aren't they? I've never managed to keep one going for long. I must put my back into it!

I was pleased with his belly ;-)

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