Sunday, March 6, 2016

Lokapala at the Seattle Asian Art Museum

This pencil drawing was done in a couple of sittings at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The sculpture is labeled as a lokapala from the 8th/9th century. Yeah, I didn't know what a lokapala was either but, according to Wikipedia, it is a guardian of the world and one of the "Four Heavenly Kings." It also makes for an imposing figure as it stares down at you from the museum wall.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

I recently went to see the National Theater Live production of Shakespeare's "Winter's Tale" with Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. The performances were amazing and I really enjoyed the play, especially when they got to the part featuring the greatest stage direction ever written: "Exit, pursued by a bear." I've been thinking a lot about bears ever since, so I decided to dip back into the endless treasure trove that is the National Geographic web site and try my hand at a bear drawing. Here's hoping I never find myself pursued by one.