Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Another Mummy doodle

Ramses II - profile
in ballpoint pen

King Tut

Upon reflection maybe I do know why I love mummies. Skulls are passé. Skulls are just the skeletal remains of dead folk. Mummies (at least Egyptian mummies) are the remains of dead folks who really really really did not want to be dead. And THAT is a proper Memento Mori.

King Tut from National Geo 9-10, ballpoint pen in small sketchbook (approx. 4"x6")

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Elder Lady

I don't know why I love mummies so much. But every time I see a good mummy photo I want to do a sketch of it. So this month's National Geographic gave me something to do, with stunning photos of the mummies of King Tut, his ma and pa and this elegant lady, Tiye, wife of Amenhotep III, his grandmother.
Not a perfect likeness, but OK for a quick work break sketch.