Night At The Museum: Whales and Wolves and Dinosaurs, Oh My!

Last night was the new official Urban Sketchers Ottawa first sketch crawl! There have been other sketch crawl events by this group, but this was the first one as an officially recognized Urban Sketcher Regional Chapter, which was very exciting! And what a night it turned out to be! Record numbers of sketchers turned out for the event, which was held indoors at the stunningly beautiful Canadian Museum of Nature, in the heart of downtown Ottawa. I’ve sketched many times before at this museum, and wrote a more detailed blog post about the museum itself and my sketching experiences there last year.

The moon peeking from the clouds over the museum

The almost full moon peeking from the clouds over the castle-like walls of museum.

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We got a group photo of the intrepid sketchers at the end of the evening. There are 24 of us in this photo and already many had departed, so we had well over 30 people attend! Such a fantastic turnout! It was so nice to meet everyone and I think it’s a wonderful indication of just how much Ottawa artists enjoy an opportunity to get out and sketch and hopefully this was a herald of many more well-attended Ottawa Sketch events in future!

What a turnout! photo courtesy of Cindi Foreman.

What a turnout! photo courtesy of Cindi Foreman.

Here a sketcher. there a sketcher...

Here a sketcher, there a sketcher…

Everywhere you looked, your eyes lit of a sketcher or three!

Everywhere you looked, your eyes lit on a sketcher or five!

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I managed to complete four sketches which I was pretty pleased with during the evening.

The first was of a rather mangy looking and quite small mounted racoon on display in the Wetlands area of the museum. I didn’t spend too much time on this, and treated it as a bit of a warm up sketch.

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DSC 21 – racoon – black gel pen and inktense pencils (water added) in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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My second sketch was of a life sized model of a narwhal. I just love narwhals, so spent a bit more time on this one. It was fun (and challenging!) trying to duplicate the mottled pattern of his skin.

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DSC 22 – narwhal – watersoluble graphite pencils (water added) in 5″ x 8″ Moleskine sketchbook.

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The third sketch I did was of the diorama of the wolves stalking a herd of bison. It’s one of my favourite dioramas at the museum.

 

My view was partially cut off so I had to more or less guess at the hindquarter placement.

My view was partially blocked by the diorama case so I had to more or less guess at the hindquarter placement.

I spent the most time working on this one, perhaps 45 minutes or so.

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DSC 23 – wolves on the hunt – white charcoal pencil and white gel pen in 7.75″ x 9.75″ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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The last sketch I did was of a life-sized dinosaur skeleton/model of a Triceratops.

Triceratops

Triceratops

I really enjoyed doing this one and would have spent longer except that time was running out! I spent about a half hour or so on it.

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DSC 24 – triceratops skull – black gel pen, white gel pen, 4B graphite and white charcoal pencil in 7.75″ x 9.95″ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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I had a wonderful evening and am really looking forward to my next outing with the Ottawa Urban Sketchers!

P.S.: As you may have noticed by the labeling of these sketches, I am including them as part of my 2016 Daily Sketch Challenge. I will make another post soon to post the sketches I’ve done between my last blog post and this one.

 

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