The Christus

This next drawing is of the statue called Christus created by Danish sculpture Bertel Thorvaldsen. He was commissioned by the Church of Denmark to make a statue of Christ as well as His 12 apostles. Completed in 1838, the original statues stand in Copenhagen in the Church of Our Lady.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), I have seen this sculpture many many times growing up. A replica is in AZ near where I live and I’ve looked up into the face of this statue many times. I can’t help but feel a stirring in my soul when I do.

At Christmas, I decided I wanted to draw this statue, I tried taking good pictures of my own, but they just didn’t have good enough quality, so I found a great picture online. Someday I may have the confidence to go out and draw things like this in life.


The drawing is only a 9×12, so the features were quite small. A mechanical pencil was a must to keep a sharper point so it’s all in HB graphite and white charcoal pencil. This drawing took about 10 hours to do. Maybe more, I didn’t really keep track but it was about a week of work.

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