Heads have Weight

The head has a weight about it, it speaks of character, it is composed of parts, yet not made of them.

The parts come later to add detail. Heads are noble and powerful.

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Head of an Arab – John Singer Sargent Head of Michelangelo’s David

Before drawing it, ask yourself, is the nose:
Straight, Aquiline, Retrousse, Snub or Hawk

A fun homage to Géricault’s – The Raft of the Medusa

Here’s an fun take on one of my favorite paintings. I’d love to see the original painting in person. Everyone mentions it’s scale and well it’s controversial to boot! Someday I shall get to the Louvre.

An illustrative painting, it was based on real events, illustration as painting or vice-versa. Lots more information at the Paintings Wikipedia Article.

Click the images below for larger versions.
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As Patrick mentions in the comments, seems The Pogue’s lampooned the image as well for their LP Cover – Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, in 1985. I could not find a larger or cleaner version, but here’s the image from their website.

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A Perceptional Prank on Damien Hirst

Here’s an interesting development on an earlier post of mine.

An artist named Sarah created a replica of Damien Hirst’s Diamond Skull, covered with 6,522 Swarovski crystals and dumped it outside the gallery in the middle of the night on top of a pile of trash. I can only imagine the reaction of the first person who saw it. Here are some photos of it outside the gallery.

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