A group of ardent children's book scribblers descended on the Natural History Museum, and later moved on to the Victoria & Albert Museum. A report will be on the SCBWI Illustrator's blog shortly, but here are all the drawings I came up with.
|Buildings on Cromwell Road, French & UN flags|
The event was publicised outside of SCBWI and was open to anyone to join in, not just our members. However as it turned out only members turned up on the day. And so, having assembled the company, we "officially" began the sketch crawl and dispersed within the Natural History Museum. I was particularly interested in the relationship between the exhibits, the visitors and the architecture of the building, so first up was a pencil panorama.
|Giant Ground Sloth|
The birds, the birds! Time to get out the watercolours.
... and gigantic plastic scorpions. Battling for Survival read the caption. The scorpion? Or the people it loomed over?
|Battling for Survival|
In the mammals section was this incredible creature, a full scale model of an extinct Moeritherium, one of the earliest known relatives of the elephant. How could I not draw this. Fantastic!
And so to lunch in South Kensington, where I grabbed these two on adjoining tables.
In the afternoon we then headed to the Victoria and Albert Museum. rather than rush into the galleries I was mightily impressed by the shadows and subtle lighting of the entrance hall.
|Entrance, Victoria & Albert Museum|
I planted myself on a bench and switched materials to a Gillot 303, dip pen and bottle of ink, with a splash of watercolour to finish. My trusty companions!
Again seeking the visitor/exhibit contrast, I finished off our visit hanging out in the sculpture department, looking for more "stories" to record.
But at the end time ran out...
Finally the event was over. Flushed with the euphoria of creative energy, the participants got together at the end and shared our collective productivity.
|Some of the attendees. L to R: Sue Eves, Amber Hsu, Anne-Marie Perks, Claire Tovey, and yours truely.|
Evening rush hour and I'm on the train home, but still scribbling!
|evening rush-hour on the Circle Line|
The idea for Sketch Crawls was started in the US a few years ago by Enrico Casarosa and soon spread over the world. For SCBWI I've kept the London version a separate event, however more information on the original concept is on the Sketchcrawl website.