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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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.

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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

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.