Museum Sketches 7


Yet more V&A sketches, the sketch on the left is of an Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, which is the embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas which can either be male or female.  The statue itself is just the torso, bearing this in mind I thought it was important to give the body as much shape as possible. Hence the heavy use of thick fine liner (0.5 – 0.8), even with the smaller and finer details I used a thicker liner (0.2/3). I do like how the thicker lines frame the thinner ones, I think it lends more detail and makes more notice of them. I wish I had drawn it bigger though and maybe honed in on more specific areas of he statue and drawn that in more detail. I like the shape but if I’m honest I’m not overly keen on this drawing.

The drawing on the right is of a Buddha head from Afghanistan, which this I was trying to capture the Buddha’s look, of almost affection. I think I sacrificed a lot of detail to get this look right, which I don’t like.  But I like how the eyes look if I can take one positive from this drawing.

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