The Challenge

"Dying Gladiator".  After a sculpture by Pierre Julien.  "Antiquity Revived".  Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

My favorite subject to sketch is the human figure, but I have to confess that I have become complacent, avoiding complicated poses in favor of serene "contraposto" ones which, honestly, are easier to execute and therefore conducive to much more beautiful results. Tired of taking the easy way out, I decided to challenge myself, and in one of my visits to "Antiquity Revived" (Museum of Fine Arts Houston), I found the perfect opportunity:  The "Dying Gladiator" was the right combination of twisted limbs, nervous energy and shade and shadow that I needed to shake myself out of my cozy neo-classical comfort zone.  Next project, The Laocoon!  But for that a trip to Rome is needed...

The Laocoon.  Vatican Museums.  Rome, Italy
The drawings and sketches presented here are the intellectual property of Nadia Palacios Lauterbach.



Anonymous said...

Your drawing is beautiful!

Dear Polia said...

Thank you! That means a lot coming from you!

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