Decorative themes using both animals, plants and humans have been used.
The first image is of art on the ceiling at the entrance to the Cave. Engravings can be seen on the doorway.
The depiction of Buddha is visible on the top of the doorway.
Considering that in ancient times there were not paint brushes as such, and artists used just twigs and animal hair, or painted by hand, the results are quite brilliant!
These last two pictures are a glimpse of a wall mural inside the cave. It was quite dark inside and a dim light was shining on the beautiful canvas on the wall.
This is a painted pillar from the cave. Sculptured decoration at the top and bottom of the pillar are also visible. Remnants of blue paint can be seen on the flower design.
This last painting was lying in the office where restoration work was going on. Am not sure where it came from or whether it is original Ajanta or just a copy.
For pencil drawings of Buddha: Sketches and drawings of Buddha or simply click on the label Ajanta.
For images from Ellora try these posts: Kailashnath Temple at Ellora or Ellora Temples sculpted exteriors or or simply click on the label Ellora.