Sunday, 19 April 2015

Drawing at the V&A

We had a very fun day drawing at the V&A today. Safety in numbers...

We did some warm up drawings in the sculpture court (medieval and Renaissance art.)

Exceedingly rusty... it's a good job we did some warm up exercises first.

5 minutes

One minute
Five minutes, negative space drawing

Then it was break time. We had coffee and cake in the lovely cafe. (There was a piano player, he played popular tunes then launched into a medley that included Metallica and Bowie's Life On Mars.)

Then we went off to draw whatever we liked, before we met up at the end.

The choice is overwhelming, I thought I'd concentrate on Beasts, just to make it easier to settle on something to draw.  I went for a mix of 2D and 3D.

In the Asian gallery - Garuda, Vishnu's vahanca or vehicle. Whatever that means. I liked his funny feet.  I don't know why I decided to position him nearly falling off the page. 
 A watercolour of a wrestler and a tiger from the 1890s, also in the Asian gallery (I just drew the tiger.)

The tiger had very human like eyes. Although the wrestler was stabbing him with a knife, and the tiger was sinking his teeth into the wrestler, it was a curiously peaceful drawing. They looked more like they were cuddling. 

Okay, this is not a beast, but I always wanted to draw these mysterious smiling Chinese men with their tall hats on.

He is short, but I think I made him quite a bit shorter than he really is.

400 year old elephant statue. I love this, if I could choose one thing in the V&A to take home... The Lion has not survived, only a tiny part of the lion's feet remain.

 A wish fulfilling cow (as one of my friends said, we could all do with one of those.)

These are beautiful, mad, stunning Indian statues. I found it quite hard to capture.
Side view of wish fulfilling cow. There is something disturbing yet funny about her woman's face and torso.

It was all getting too much, trying to capture this elusive beauty, so I tried to draw this funny character in the China gallery. A sculpture of  a mythical animal from 450. . Again, I didn't quite capture his manic expression.

The cast gallery was mostly full of dull statues of saints on tombs, but then I came across this lovely bronze lion.

I've made him look like he's yawning, rather than roaring. You can imagine him speaking like George Sanders doing Shere Khan in Jungle Book.

I didn't realise two Indian tourists were standing behind me patiently while I drew this, waiting to take their photo with the lion.

Last drawing of the day, and the earliest  Han dynasty horse, (206 BC).


  1. Love the tiger. He looks a bit mournful.

  2. thanks Tim. He's probably missing his wrestler.