I almost forgot to mention this,
Last time I was at this museum, there’s an older black gentleman (unfortunately I didn’t get his name) who sits close to the Perseus statue, and sketches the same statue, day after day.
Its not a stretch to say that I was shocked to see his work. His level of skill is absolutely astounding. The drawings seem unreal, as if someone took a photograph of the statue and applied a Photoshop filter to it. The sketches are almost 3-dimensional. He is truly one of the finest artists I have ever seen. If anyone knows who I am talking about and knows his name, please let me know.
He seems to draw the same statue day after day, perfecting his skill by drawing the same object. He can probably draw it with his eyes closed.
The statue is called ‘Ugolino and his sons’ by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux (1857), the statue depicts a scene from Dante’s Inferno, where the father Ugolino is condemned to starvation with his sons, Ugolino is resisting his son’s offer to use their bodies as food so that he may live. Dante was one fucked up cat!
more information on this amazing statue
The actual statue at the Met
I finally got my scanner fixed, and found these old sketches from few years ago. I called up a friend (who also loves to sketch) and went to a sketch session hosted by New York’s Society of Illustrators.
These are just a few of the sketches that I did at the session. The Society hosts couple of events per week, and one of my favorites are the Jazz & Sketch sessions, where for a few bucks you get to sketch 2 models in nude, enjoy a glass of fine Scotch and listen to live jazz music. You literally cannot ask for anything more. If you are located in New York or close to the city, I highly recommend you check their Sketch Night, its fun and it really does improve your skills.