Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Drawing Dead Stuff - Manchester Museum




It was Urban Sketchers Yorkshire's sketchcrawl day on Sunday. We went across the hills to Manchester, to join up with some of their local group and visit the natural history museum on Oxford Road which, by coincidence, is next door to the building where I am based for my residency.


I probably wasn't really well enough to go, as I am still not well now after my Book Week experience. My head was still full of gunk on Sunday and I still very little voice, but I thought I would risk it, as so many people were due to turn up for it, some of whom I'd not seen for ages. I figured that, at least I would be indoors and sitting down, so how much harm could I come to?


The museum has got quite a varied collection, but is not so massive that you can't get a handle on it, so perfect for drawing purposes. As you can see, I concentrated mainly on the animals and skeletons, though there was a lot of anthropological stuff too, as well as rooms of rocks and crystals. 


I had a lovely time and was very pleased I went, although it was a mistake on the voice front, because of course everyone was chatting away to me and I ended up unable to keep quiet for very long at a time (never one of my strong points at the best of times, ask John). Which means that, though I was getting better, I am back to where I was again now. No voice at all. Duh.


After our sandwich break, I went up to the top of the building and did a sketch of the view from one of the windows, out over the old university buildings, just for a change. By now it was getting quite busy in the museum and kids were everywhere. I thought it would be peaceful up there, but somewhere an overexcited screamer was bouncing off the walls and making my ears ring...
Then the sun decided to come out and was directly shining in my eyes, so I gave it up and found a dark corner with some cute penguin skeletons:


As usual, there was some amazing work done by everyone and the sharing session at the end was fascinating. By the time we took this photo, we were down to about half the original group, so you can see that the turn-out was great too. Once again, we had at least two complete newcomers, which was lovely:


On the train home, I did a quick drawing of the woman opposite. She woke up half way through and luckily, was really pleased to be drawn. She took my photo, holding up the sketch. A nice encounter.


Sorry for the slightly less crisp and zingy pics this time round - I've no time to scan anything properly at the moment, as I have to crack on with Class One Farmyard Fun, so these are just phone snaps.

Right, back to work!

5 comments:

I need orange said...

I'm glad you were feeling up to trying the sketchcrawl, and I hope you didn't set yourself back too far!

Love the crocodile skull.........

I have been taking an online class on how dinosaurs evolved into birds. Just this week we heard about penguins, with their paddle-like wings and their upright stance (due to the need to be streamlined in water, their legs are set farther back on their bodies than most birds)...... I can see all of this very clearly in your drawing............ :-)

Lewerentz S said...

Drawing dead stuff has a good advantage : the things don't move ;-) I love your sketches, as usual, particularly the monkey (?), the bird and the portrait.

Jess said...

Lovely sketches of the skeletons! I just hopped over to the post about your residency and I love the drawings you did of the meeting.xx

Lynne the Pencil said...

Thanks everyone. I love the exhibits in the museum. Really good fun for sketching. I wasn't actually supposed to paint - I was a bit sneaky and did it on the sly :-D

Fashions said...

Oh! that was a cool post.I like it.