Dragon helmetPosted: February 16, 2013
I sketched today with my friend Marc Taro Holmes at an excellent exhibition of Samurai armour and objects at the Musée Pointe-à-Callière in Old Montreal. It’s the private collection of Richard Béliveau and among the objects are 19 complete samurai suits. I confess that I don’t know much about the history of the Samurai (although Marc has done some amazing Samurai drawings) so it was fascinating to see these suits up close and be able to examine the detailing in the helmets, the masks, the metalwork in the armour, the fabrics and the laces that hold them all together. The helmets were the most fun to draw because of their unusual shapes and the decorations that adorn them, like this dragon. The room is quite crowded so we only drew with pencil but I would have loved to add a vibrant red to the flames around the brass ornament.
This just in: Urban Sketchers now has a print shop on Society6 where you can buy fine art prints of many of your favorite correspondents and contributors (me included). The proceeds go to supporting Urban Sketchers and the annual symposium, so all for a good cause. All artwork is printed on 100% cotton rag, archival quality paper, available in different sizes, and you can even order them framed. There are some amazing sketches in the collection and it will be updated often, so please have a look.