L&R 2014 – Sketch

Part of my study abroad trip to London and Rome in September is a series of blog posts about the things we see and do while on the trip. This is the third of seven required posts about Rome and is a sketch I made while at the Borghese Gallery.

Sketching a piece of art while at the Borghese Gallery was interesting. In my case, I was sitting across the room from it (the only place where there was a chair so I could sit and try to draw) and thus I had some distance from the sculpture. I could make out the details of the piece without being distracted too much by the tapestry it was standing in front of or getting jostled by the crowd.

I did have the same experience that some of the other trip members did, of people wandering over to look at what I was doing and try to figure out why is this strange person sitting in a chair sketching a sculpture using only one green colored pencil (naturally, the day we did sketches was the one day of the entire trip that I didn’t have my sketchbook and art supplies with me in my backpack).

I wouldn’t say that my sketch was great, but I think it did accomplish what was in the Ruskin reading: taking the time to look at a piece of art and slow down and really try to absorb and appreciate what you are looking at.

My rather poor sketch
My rather poor sketch
Unnamed statue from circa 300/400
Unnamed statue from circa 300/400

1 thought on “L&R 2014 – Sketch”

Leave a Reply