At the moment the RA is showing the blockbuster exhibition of Rubens and his influence.
In light of this I thought a bit of drawing from Rubens was in order. Once again, while the RA is full to bursting the National Gallery’s collection of (free) Rubens paintings is rather quiet. Minerva Protects Pax From Mars is a stunning painting.
Rubens is famous for the sensuality of his paintings. He captures flesh in such a powerful,believable way. When I was drawing this I was conscious of the weight of each of the figures. The arrangement is really complicated and working in monochrome was enough of a challenge that I’m totally in awe of his colour harmonies. A great piece to look at, draw from and dream about!