Here is a collection of sketches I did when I visited the Natural History Museum. Some of the sketches did not survive because I was mugged by classes of children who demanded (yes, demanded) that I hand over some of the drawings. It was brutal.
This is a Neanderthal skull. Drawing many, many skulls is a good idea if you want to represent human heads with any degree of authority. Here is some good reference
I didn’t just go to the Natural History Museum to have fun. I went to gather reference and ideas for a painting I am working on for Orbis RPG. In their world there is a beast called the Deathmaw which resembles a kind of T-Rex. I thought a closer study of Dinosaur anatomy might lend some realism to the monster and generate some ideas for it’s design. Also dinosaurs are cool, aren’t they?
This is Karolin and her son. They were good people (and flattered me lots!) so I gave them this picture of a prehistoric bear-thing. When i’m dead and famous, they can sell it and buy a small island in the pacific.
The Diplodocus in the Great Hall is a real tough task. Since I am dreadful at drawing architecture, I tried to push myself and included some of the lovely gothic arches and balustrades.
There is a marvellous display showing the anatomy of mammals (including a human and a dog). While I drew this a small, bewildered looking child would not stop screaming.
In case anyone wants to try this kind of technique:
1. Buy a Brush Pen (purchase here from Cass Art)
2. Buy some black ink (again, from Cass Art).
3. Fill the brush pen with mainly water and a bit of ink using a little syringe (which my friend kdsh7 gave me).
4. You can use any paper but I find a heavy weight cartridge or watercolour paper works best.
5. Buy a water-based black pen (it’s nice to have a calligraphy pen for varied thickness).
6. Draw straight in with the pen, don’t be shy. You can do a pencil drawing first but I find that you lose the spontaneity.
7. Shade the dark areas with the wash. Stay loose and have fun! If it looks awful you can just tell your friends you were drunk, right?
Have a good weekend! :)