Terracotta Warriors (221BC-207BC). Shanxi, China.
Composition Terracotta Warriors stand in square, with commanders and horses in the front of the whole army.
Scale They’re real-human sized.
Color Black was popular during Qin. Thus their armors are black. And a large part of their body is dark. Only some skin color and a small amount of red showing the sewing seams are light-colored. Most of them lost colors within 5 min after unearthing. The color restorations now days are too pure for them.
Line Compared to Greek statues, their lines are pretty round (round shoulders, cylindrical legs, etc).
Pattern/Texture They show the detail of the armors and hairstyles precisely.
Sketching is a good way to learn stuff such as the costume structures, hair style and facial features. I try to draw realistically to be useful in game art, not always following their style.
See more at Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum: http://www.bmy.com.cn/
It was a LONG time ago in China. I’m studying this because it influences the art of Qin and Han, and gives me direct examples for the art of primitive tribes.
There’re few materials to show their armors or costumes. But we can learn some accessories and patterns form their sacrificial offerings.
Hemudu Culture(about 7000 BC – 6000 BC), Zhejiang and Zhoushan islands, China.
See more individual relics here at:
Hemudu Site Museum: http://www.hemudusite.com/CN/Index.aspx
Sanxingdui Site (about 5000 BC – 3000 BC). Sichuan, China. It doesn’t belong to any cultures mentioned above.
See more at Sanxingdui Museum: http://www.sxd.cn/en/index.html
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