Sketching at the Swedish Museum of Natural History

I had a lot of fun today sketching at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. I met up with Nina Johansson and Marie Flood. I had never visited the museum before so I began the day by taking a tour of the place. It was very interesting. I found it a bit uncomfortable looking at so many stuffed animals but then again they did not move, which makes life easier for a sketcher. I discovered today that Polar bears are very difficult to draw and watercolouring in a dimly lit museum is challenging to say the least. …But like I said in the beginning, it was fun.

Watercolour sketch by David Meldrum, 20130331

Watercolour sketch by David Meldrum, 20130331
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Understanding Francis Bacon

This documentary by Arena, BBC, reveals a lot about the person – Francis Bacon.

New life drawing venue

Venue: ABF, Stockholm, 20130326

The usual Tuesday life drawing at Konstnärshuset was off because of the Easter break, so a number of us visited ABF as an alternative. It was a first time for me, the lady who was running it seemed nice and the model was good. On the minus side though I found the florescent lighting very harsh and it was almost double the price of Konstnärshuset. Granted, tuition was available.

Please note that I usually have more sketches to view than I publish here on Blogger, visit Life Drawing 2013.

Sketch of male model by David Meldrum 20130326
5 minutes, A3, 20130326

Sketch of male model by David Meldrum 20130326
5 minutes, A3, 20130326

Sketch of male model by David Meldrum 20130326
2 minute sketches, A5, 20130326

Sketch of male model by David Meldrum 20130326
2 minute sketches, A5, 20130326

Lucian Freud – Painted Life Documentary – BBC

Life drawing at The Book Club

This a very cool and clever video, thank you, mensmanser for sending me the link. 🙂


Life Drawing at The Book Club from Wriggles & Robins on Vimeo.

Alex Asher Daniel

Very interesting work, at least I think so. Click here to visit the artist’s home page

Painting by Alex Asher Daniel

Tuesday’s life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, 20130319

 I am starting to miss my watercolouring so I think I’ll start again after the Easter break …

Ten minute sketch, A3, 20130319

Ten minute sketch, A3, 20130319

Two minute sketch, A4, 20130319

Excellent oil and watercolour portraits by Sue Rubira

Sue Rubira Portrait

Excellent oil and watercolour portraits by Sue Rubira. Sue also reveals how she paints, stage for stage which is very cool. Click here for that.

Thursday’s life drawing of two models

1.5 hour painting of two female nudes by David Meldrum
1.5 hour painting of two female nudes ( 27x50cm )
Venue: The Swedish Academy of Realistic Art, 20130314.

The first attempt at capturing these two pretty female models was discarded after a half an hour. I started again and this time I was able to find my way. I am finding it so hard to succeed when doing a two hour session. I just plan to keep trying, at some stage something must go click in my head! I am happy with this painting, I masked off the red-head in the back ground as she made the centre of focus confusing in the composition. Her red hair was beautiful but too distracting.