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For this Easter issue we are drawing the Moai statues on Easter Island. These prehistoric statues were built around 1400 to 1650 AD and were created by the native Rapa Nui of Easter Island. Remarkably, these iconic statues are carved from the volcanic ash of the Rano Raraku volcano. Located 2,300 miles from Chile, this island and its monolith’s can still be visited.

STEP 1

Draw a rectangle which is 6cm wide by 12cm high.  Your drawing will fit inside this grid. Use dashed, light lines as you will want to rub this grid out later.

STEP 2

To help with the drawing of our statue we will draw in the head in two parts. To draw the lower half of the head draw in a rectangle which sits in the second third of your dashed rectangle from Step 1. This rectangle should measure approximately 4.6 cm across by 4 cm high. Draw in a dashed line for the top of this section as we will want to rub it out later. See the image for reference

STEP 3

Draw in the top half of the head in the top third of your rectangle. Use the image for reference. Rub out any excess lines.

STEP 4

For the ear, add in a rectangle on the right hand side of the head. It should be just over half the length of the head. Below the head, draw in the neck. The neck should be approximately a third of the height of the head.

STEP 5

Draw in the outline of the nose using a curved line. The nose should be no wider than one third of the face. See the image for reference. Draw in a triangular shape for the base of the nose. Shade in this triangular shape to add depth.

STEP 6

Now to add in all the shaded details. Add in the eye sockets and shade them in. Draw in a downward curved line for the lip and add some shading below the bottom lip. Add in some shading where the neck meets the head.

STEP 7 

Rub out any excess lines.

As a final touch why not add a splash of colour? Be as creative as you like. I used a green background to offset the orangey-red tones of the statue but feel free to use whatever colour you like.

We would love to see your finished entries! Tag @thegibraltarmagazine and @b_garcia_art on Instagram for a chance to be featured. #GibMagArtClub

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