Last weekend I met up with the Drawing London on Location meetup group again for a visit to the Hunterian Museum. This is a museum of medical and surgical history, a collection of very strange gruesome exhibits including preserved dissected animal and human body parts many of which are deformed. It proved to provide some very strange but interesting subject matter for drawing. Seems somehow apt to be writing about this on Halloween.
Firstly I decided to try to draw the main room with all of it’s tall glass display cabinets which reach from floor to the top of the double height ceiling lining the sides of the mezzanine gallery. This was a very striking sight with all it’s brightly lit jars full of pickled body parts. However did not enjoy this sketch at all and once I had got about halfway through and realised I could not save it I rushed to the end to find something more enjoyable to draw. I then moved on to draw a couple of skulls. I remember my art department at school had a skull, there is something very satisfying about drawing skulls although you do find yourself wondering who they originally belonged to.
This was the first graphite pencil sketch i have done since I started drawing again. Very quick, easy and fun. Sorry for the poor blown out scan. I was using my A4 moleskine and a double spread will only fit in an A3 scanner. The A3 scanner I have access to doesn’t deal well with either colour or contrast.