At the Natural History Museum

The Drawing School has been taking us to the Natural History Museum as part of our ‘Challenging Interiors’ course. It doesn’t get much more challenging than this ‘cathedral of nature’, designed by the wonderful Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse in a neo-Romanesque style bursting with foliage and animals in ceramic. The aim is to make studies on site that are built into a large piece, and has been a testing process. So far it has pushed me to focus on collecting information of the building’s architecture, working second-and from these in the studio without any additional photographs, and most challenging, brave taking on the biggest piece of paper I could buy and attacking it with charcoal, a medium I’ve long struggling with. These are the results so far…

A glimpse inside the studio space and first rough of my drawing. And lastly, because everyone can’t help but love this space, it’s still as powerful as when you first visit it as a child…

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