Sketch Gallery 3: Spirits and Headhunters @ Bowers Museum

Here are some sketches done on one of my recent trip to Bowers Museum, this was from an exhibit of artifacts from Oceanic regions (sorry I forget the names they are hard to memorize.). These are masks worn for rituals and ceremonies by various tribes of the indigenous nations. There were more but I was pressed for time so I’ll have to go back another day to finish them. I used vine charcoal for these sketches. Enjoy.

Sketch Gallery 2: Animal Mummies @ Bowers Museum

Since grade school I had quite the fascination for all things Ancient Egypt. I’d check out every book available at the library and drowned myself in the land of pyramids, pharaohs, and mummies. And since then whoever there was an exhibition of Egyptian artifacts open in a nearby museum I was sure to go. This time was the exhibit of animals that had been mummified and adorned in beautifully crafted coffins and wrappings, much like the human counterparts, down at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Arts in Orange County, near my home. And just like at the Bodies Exhibit I took my sketchbook and made sketches on site of numerous mummified animal coffins and the treasures they were buried with. Not surprisingly there were more cats, since Egyptians regarded cats as divine creatures. Other animals included falcon, ibis, jackals, and curiously, fishes. (Hm). It was a bit rushed because of the large crowd passing through.

Sketch Gallery : Bodies The Exhibit

Last month I went to the Bodies The Exhibit held at the former Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park (conveniently just minutes away from my home) and marveled at the well preserved body parts and figures set up in interesting poses. And to think these are REAL human bodies, their identities unknown. It’s my first shot at on site sketching, armed with a giant sketchbook and a pencil I probably spent at most five minutes per figures, so as to not get in the way of other visitors.