More Drawing in the British Museum

I have 2 page spreads of my travel journal to share as I did some more drawings at the British Museum.  Jerry wanted to see the London to Brighton veteran car rally and I didn’t. So he hired a car and followed the rally while I toddled off to the museum to draw. We both had blissful days. No doubt he will share some (not so boring) photos of cars soon.

Egyptian sculpture in the British MuseumClick on the image to see a larger version.

This statue with the head of a lioness is Sekhmet, who is an ancient Egyptian goddess associated with destruction. Her name means ‘she who is powerful’. It comes from Thebes and is dated around 1350 BC, making it over 3,000 years old. You can read more about the sculpture on the British Museum website

Here is the page spread in my travel journal.

Egyptian sculpture in the British Museum in travel journal

The next drawing was done the following day in Room 1 which contains an exhibition about the Age of Enlightenment a time where collections, classification and observation of the world enabled people to understand the world in new ways. In one of the cabinets a small figure attracted me.  It was a few inches high and described as a figurine.

Egyptian sculpture in the British MuseumClick on the image to see a larger version.

Egyptian sculpture in the British Museum in travel journalOn this page spread of my travel journal I have edged the pages with strips of a map. It was a free map of the bus routes and I simple cut it up and glued it to the pages. I also had a postage stamp left over after writing postcards – so I added it to the page.

These drawings also fill the EDM drawing challenge 38 “Draw at a Museum”

For more information about this drawing challenge look under the tab at the top of the screen titled EDM Drawing Challenge. The  challenge also has  a yahoo group, a flickr group and Facebook page.


Drawing in the British Museum

I have a small sketch to share of a statue of the boy King Ramsses II. If you click on the image you can see the a larger version.

sketch of statueI love the British Museum as there is so much there and to be honest I felt a little spoilt for things to draw!.

page spread of travel journal This is my travel journal page spread. While at the Museum I visited the Sutton Hoo gallery and found the helmet very dramatic so purchased the postcard in the gallery shop!

photo drawingAt the time, Jerry took a photo of me drawing. I think I look a funny lady drawing

Constable’s Sketchbook

John Constable sketchbook page spread During a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum we discovered a facsimile of John Constable’s 1814 sketchbook. I was astonished to discover the pocket notebook size he used. Being about 11cm x 8.5cm (or about 4.5 inches x 3.5 inches) it truly was a pocket size. You can see my fingers holding the page spread open. It gives a sense of scale. The windmill in the photograph above is about an inch to an inch and half high. Obviously I did not have a ruler with me so that is an approximate size.

John Constable sketchbook page spread It is amazing how much infomation Constable was able to record on such a small area. It really made me think about the page size of my travel journal. If you want to see any of these images larger than life click on the photos.

John Constable sketchbook page spread The sketchbooks are full of figures and scenery, many of which Constable incorporated in his paintings.We took photos of the sketchbook page spreads, then ran around the gallery trying to see if we could spot items in the paintings.

John Constable sketchbook page spread I was interested in his drawing technique and admired these tonal drawings.

 

My camera battery went nearly flat flicking back and forth between photos to compare elements in the paintings, but it certainly was fun to see what he had used and how he had incorporated various elements. I am a big kid at heart!

John Constable sketchbook page spread I was also totally delighted to see he too sometimes drew upside down in his sketchbook. If you want to see what I mean see my video flicking through the page spreads of my last travel journal as I made the same mistake!

You can see every page of John Constable’s sketchbook on the Victoria & Albert Museum website. It is worth a visit to see his drawings.

Drawing at the Alyscamps Arles

The midgies were biting the afternoon we went for a walk a little way out of the old town Arles to the Alyscamps. In Roman cities roads just outside a city were often lined with tombs and mausoleums as burials inside the city limits were forbidden. At Arles the Alyscamps was the main burial ground for nearly 1,500 years.

sketch at ArlesNow I know a visit to an ancient cemetery sounds a bit grim but it is basically a walk down a corridor of trees. The road is edged on both sides by sarcophagi and there are also a couple of chapels. The Alyscamps is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments group so it is worth exploring.

I stopped at one of the chapels to draw. As regular readers may spot I am using a smaller sketchbook. This is because my last travel journal, the large landscape format one is full. So this is the third notebook this trip. Anyway as I said the midges were biting and I have to admit my focus was not as good as could have been. That said I hope people enjoy seeing it.

Sharon at Alyscamps, Arles, France