February 16, 2013

Samurai Armor at the Pointe-à-Callière

This winter the Pointe-à-Callière (Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History) has been hosting Dr. Richard Béliveau's collection of Samurai Armor. This is fascinating stuff to draw. Each one of these sets of armor calls on masters skill in metalwork, embroidery, fabric dyes, wood work, scrimshaw.
There's so much complex artistry in these artifacts. They really call for sustained drawings. I'd love to have a month to paint one of these....Perhaps. Perhaps I will. More on that later.


miked said...

These are beautiful.
I looove sketching Samurai Armor too.
There's a large collection coming to my local museum in April:

Can't wait!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Stunning, Marc...what amazing creations these are.

Marcia Milner-Brage said...

Gorgeous pencil work, Marc!

marctaro said...

Looking forward to seeing your Mike - I do love the MFA. It would be awesome to do a workshop someday - taking people drawing there :)

Murray Dewhurst said...

Like Lynne's armoured Elephant posted above, these guys would have been terrifying in battle! Great sketches.

miked said...

A Samurai Workshop would be amazing!!

I also did a bunch of Samurai armor sketches last December at another Massachusetts favorite of mine "Springfield Museum" . They had 6 full body armors - not very well lit thought.

I haven't scanned those in yet so maybe I'll do that tomorrow!

Kate Merriman said...

I think I saw you there! I was visiting Montreal for the first time and thought I might try to contact you as a fellow sketcher, but was too shy. Ended up at the museum because it was so cold and saw someone sketching this exhibit, which gave me the courage to do the same! What a small world!

marctaro said...

Hey Kate - you should have come over :) That would have been great! Always cool to meet a sketcher on location. If you're still in town Feb 24, we're doing our USK:MTL Sunday Sketching - meeting at 10AM at the Place Des Arts metro, (green line): http://urbansketchersmontreal.wordpress.com/sketching-outings/