Every Monday morning I meet Yvan at “Les Collections” at the Unversité Laval. This is a magical place that houses the university entomological collection, stores all of the animal specimens that used to be part of the natural history museum, and a large collection of plaster casts that used to be of interest to the fine arts department but they were somewhat shoved out of the way when it was determined that you didn’t need to draw to get a fine arts degree.
Their loss – our gain. It’s not outdoor sketching but drawing single-lit plaster casts is certainly a way to improve your drawing ability and goodness knows mine needs improvement. Truthfully, I’m not sure it improves your drawing ability or your seeing ability the most as it’s wonderful training for the eye. In any case, it helps and it’s lots of fun.
I drew this on Monday. Drew it on smooth Bristol board as I enjoy my new experiences with a pencil. Beyond knowing which end makes the lines, these devices remain a mystery to me. The drawing isn’t quite as fuzzy as this scan suggests – thank goodness