We had a great sketchcrawl on Friday. Yvan arranged for us to sketch at the Université Laval Collections and somewhere around a dozen sketchers showed up. Some of us sketched stuffed birds, mammals and insects while others took advantage of the large collection of plaster heads. Still others sketched items in the large display windows outside the facility.
It was made particularly special because some of the people who showed up were not using the typical pen & wash approach that so many of us use. Johanne was using charcoal and a white pastel pencil to capture likenesses from the plaster heads, while others did beautiful renderings with pencil. It was fun to talk with them about their approaches and to appreciate the results.
I did a lot of talking because, unfortunately, my arthritis flared up in my drawing hand. It does this on occasion and is not only painful but it hampers my ability to draw. I did do one sketch before it got the better of me though. It is a tufted-ear squirrel. I think it’s Sciurus vulgaris but I’m not certain of that as there was no label on the specimen.
In spite of my hand, I had a ball because of all the great people in attendance. It’s hard for us to have sketchcrawls in winter because it’s so cold outside, so it’s special when one is as successful as this one. Thanks to Yvan for organizing it and to Madame Wagner for hosting us.