Day 283: Easter Island Moai, Easter Island

Day 283: Easter Island Moai, Easter Island

So today we head off tot he island of Easter island, famous for its large amount of huge monolithic statues that can be found there (apparently known as Moai). Long thought to just be the head and shoulders apparently recently archaeologists have discovered that the entire body of the statues is below the ground, which, either means that someone went to a lot of bother sculpting the bodies then burying them or theres been a hell of a lot of soil built up around them over the intervening years. Either way its still lead to one of the most famous places on Earth and a neat basis for this sketch.

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And boy am I happy with the sketch. In fact its one of my favourites of the entire sketch blog. Again its pen and ink just because I got carried away trying to build up the tones and didn’t want to add overly bright colours to it, preferring to go for a black and white look instead. That said though I could probably have pushed the tone on the grass a tiny bit more but oh well. Plus I really like how the shadows look on the grass as they are.

Getting the shape right on the statues wasn’t quite as hard as I thought it would have been for me to do either and the base sketch was done pretty quickly. I’m also, for once, quite happy with how the sky came out. Sure its messy and isn’t as controlled as the rest of the sketch but in my opinion, this time it actually works, Though of course there is room to always be refining the pen and ink rendering for the sky.

Anyway that’s it for today’s statue sketch. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. I was thinking of getting a bit closer to home tomorrow and doing stone henge so we’ll have to see. For now I leave you to rock out with these guys!

Till then!