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Meet-Up Sketching at the Museum of Natural History

Sunday was our January Meet-up Central Park Sketching session at the Natural History Museum.  The group leader, Jesse Richards, does a fabulous job selecting places within the Museum for 30-45 minute sketches and when we started in the Asian Mammals section, we had the big room almost all to ourselves.  Here is the baby tiger that I loved in one of the exhibits.


The Ocean Life section, under the blue whale was quite dark and I had problems seeing the paint colors as I added them on my Common Loon. 


This Mammoth was drawn with a watercolor pencil and then brushed with water to shade it.  It is a sketch of a mammoth sculpture that is part of the huge mammoth skeleton exhibit.


The Meet-up website, in the link above, has 90+ drawings from the participants for anyone interested in joining this group.


The little tiger is adorable. Wonderful illustrative sketches.

Hi Shirly, I enjoyed seeing your animal sketches and can really relate to the advantages of them being still after my last sketch trip tp the zoo. What a great idea.

I agree, good idea to chose animals that are going to hold a long pose! Nice pieces.

Wonderful drawings! You did capture their attitude !

Lovely pages Shirley, I think your mammoth is great marching out of his frame like that.

Great sketches and so kind of the animals to hold the pose for you!

I love all the tonal variations in the baby tiger.

Museums are great places to sketch and you look like you had a great time. Your baby tiger is lovely and the tones on the mammoth work really well. I remember when I sketched with your group in 2008. Jesse had organised the day wonderfully and had researched some great places in the Met Museum for us to sketch. Lots of organisation makes the day flow smoothly

Good work! How nice to have still subjects!

I love these, Shirley...what a wonderful museum that must be!

Wonderful sketches, Shirley! I went and checked out your group, even though I could never attend, and I cannot believe it!? Almost 1700 members in your sketch group?? Wow, that's great!

Love the mammoth! He looks so powerful - no wonder he is bursting out of the border! (Or should it be 'she'...)

As always, your sketches are marvelous! My favorite is the mammoth with its great tusks bursting out. Well done! nancy

These are lovely Shirley =)

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