Friday, December 3, 2010

December Sketch Night at the Bell Museum of Natural History

Above: Ken Avidor points out the discrepancy between the horseshoe crab specimen and his sketch (no one else would notice!). He worked with pen and ink and colored pencil on tan paper. Click on the image and view an enlargement.

Last night about 14 people (I didn't get a complete count) met for the third Bell Museum of Natural History Sketch Night. The topic was "Sea Creatures." This post shows you just some of the work that was created. The photo quality is poor as my camera doesn't do well in this indoor light situation. And then sometimes I can't stand steady because someone is telling a funny story and I'm laughing! 

And it's official, we are a fun group. We had a vistor last night from San Francisco! Towards the end of the meeting I asked him how he had found the meeting and he replied, "You're all very funny; it was more fun than I thought it would be."

So next month maybe you should join us, Thursday, January 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Free; with a $5 museum admission if you aren't a museum member.) The topic will be BIRDS! (I can hardly wait.)

Above: Suzanne Hughes with her watercolor of an owl. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Above: Roberta Avidor with her watersoluble colored pencil and watercolor sketches of a turtle skull and slipper lobster (so named because it is a resident of the waters off Japan and Japanese slippers have a split toe that the head of this lobster is reminiscent of [we learn stuff at these meetings too!]). Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Above: David Steinlicht displays the turtle sketch he made with pen and ink. (Suzanne Hughes in the background.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.


Above: Delores Steinlicht displays one of several journal pages she accomplished in the evening. She went into the Touch and See Room and sketched the live turtles for several pages. Here she shows her sketch of the interior of a turtle shell—it serves as their backbone and ribcage! Click on the image to view an enlargement.


Above: Tom Winterstein did a detailed graphite sketch of the slipper lobster. Click on the image to view an enlargement.


Above: I scanned my pages when I got home. This is my first go at the Hawk's Bill (spelling?) Sea Turtle. (I spelled it differently on my journal page and realized I should have asked for the correct spelling.) I used a Staedtler Pigment Liner on Folio paper in a journal I made that is about 8 x 8 inches square. I used Schmincke Gouache. I joined in with several conversations while I was sketching this. That and the focus on the color, which got really fussy, slowed me down. I had hoped to finish the current journal last night. Click on the image to view an enlargement.




Above: My second sketch of the evening was the same subject—the Hawk's Bill Sea Turtle. This time I focused on the line of the animal and left out the color. Much speedier. I like the angle on this a bit more. The strip of paper down the center of the spread is something that I added before this sketching session. You can see my third and final sketch for the evening, a Whelk, at RozWoundUp. Click on the image to view an enlargement.


4 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun - these are all wonderful - wish I lived closer - North Central Kansas is just too far.

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  4. A friend of mine found Tom Winterstein's sketchbook last fall, and gave it to me as a gift last week - the same sketchbook he is holding above, with the drawing of the slipper lobster. If anyone can get me in touch with him, please do so, thanks!

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