Friday, 11 January 2013


Quick little sketch of Raphael's Galatea...

This went relatively smoothly although it's a copy of a large, complex mural as a tiny sketch. I remembered what they say about putting in the large shapes first, and then refining these down. In so doing I noticed that the composition is basically two triangles, pointing upwards, one on top of the other, with less distinct downward-pointing triangles or 'V' shapes overlaid over them (one formed by the arrows pointing down to Galatea's head, the other by the heads of the two figures on the one side and the back of the Triton on the other, pointing down to the cherub at the bottom). So there's geometry amid that chaos.

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