Friday, February 08, 2008


I bought a book on 'The Jewelry of Southeast Asia'. At $25, it was priceless for the kind of photos and documentation of the ethnic and court jewellery of Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines since the Bronze age. To me it is a treasure trove of material for drawing. Why draw them? Actually they are such beautiful artefacts that it is quite pointless to copy them. The purpose really is to appreciate the intricacy and the craftsmanship of these beautiful pieces and to get a feel of how difficult it must have been to craft them.

After making these drawings, first using ink alone and subsequently using pencil and going over with ink, I realise that just trying to reproduce its likeness is tedious enough, I can imagine how much work must have gone into making this tiny bead out of gold.

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