January 28, 2014

42nd World Wide SketchCrawl Day at Manchester University Museum

Unlike the lucky folks living in warm, sunny climes, SketchCrawl North decided it would be prudent to spend World Wide SketchCrawl Day indoors. We've done Sheffield's museums to death, so we took the train to Manchester, to the natural history museum. 

The museum is a real treasure and much bigger than I expected. It's stuffed full with all sorts. As you can see, I really got into the skeletons. 

One room was dominated by a massive T-Rex (the favourite of all the children visitors)

One of my favourites was the elephant skeleton. I had no idea that inside their big, stubby feet, they have the bones for long toes:

As well as skeletons and stuffed creatures, there was a vivarium, with live snakes, frogs and lizards. I chose the chameleon because he was sitting nice and still. Only his eye swivelled round, keeping tabs on passing faces through the glass.

At the end of the afternoon, we met up with the Manchester group, sharing our sketchbooks and getting to know one another. Fantastic. 

I stayed later than the rest of the Sheffield team and, travelling home alone, watched the man opposite me get out a sketchbook. We got talking and by coincidence he turned out also to be a professional illustrator. The train was horribly delayed, so it was great to spend the journey chatting and checking out each other's art equipment (that sounds really nerdy actually...). 


marctaro said...

That's definitely nerdy, but after a day drawing in the museum, I don't think there's any question about our sketch-nerd-cred. Next we might draw in the library!

Murray Dewhurst said...

Fantastic Gorilla skull, so sculptural!

Lynne the Pencil said...

Thanks Murray :-)

VHein said...

I agree with Murray, that one's a stopper! They're all wonderfully "lively", Lynne, thanks to the energy in your marks.

Stéphanie said...

Do you guys have any idea how I can come in contact with the Manchester group? I'm new to urban sketching, but it looks like so much fun and I would love to join the Manchester group.

Veronica Lawlor said...

These are great drawings Lynne - love the observation of the elephant feet!

Simone Ridyard said...

Hi Stephanie - I set up the Manchester group and have sent you an email. Great work Lynne! :)

Lynne the Pencil said...

You beat me to it Simone :-)

There is also an independent sketching group in Manchester, if you're interested Stephanie, 'The Sketchbookers': http://www.meetup.com/The-Sketchbookers/

Have fun!