A few weeks ago now (Going to be playing catchup for a while) on Sat 5th Feb. I went to the Horniman Museum with Drawing London on Location.
This is a great little museum with a very eclectic mix of exhibits. Among these, they have a collection of natural history artifacts, a great little aquarium (that only costs £2 entry for an adult!) and a large collection of musical instruments. They also have a beautiful Victorian conservatory outside that is used as additional seating for the cafe.
My main sketch was inside the conservatory. A couple of people drew it from the outside but it was far too cold for me outside. I may go back to try that in the summer.
I also did a few small sketches using new charcoal pencils in the aquarium. The pencils are great for quick sketching but unfortunately, Moleskine paper is a bit too smooth for them so they didn’t work fantastically.
I find aquariums very relaxing and quite hypnotic. My brother’s family have recently set up a tropical fish tank and I think I could spend whole days staring at them.
With 20 minutes left before we were due to meet up again and head to the pub I saw this very complicated brass trumpet like instrument. I loved the look of it and had to attempt to draw it with colour even though I was really short of time. It was really rushed and ended up a quite a quirky interpretation but I was quite pleased with it. In fact I think it may be my favourite of my sketches of the day. I think I need to remind myself to do more of these loose imprecise sketches.