Sketching skeletons and other curious creatures

In this blog Bibo Weber-Keeley, an Aberdeen artist and HND student of Art and Design at North East Scotland College, tells us about her drawing experience at the Zoology Museum on 17 September 2014.

Three weeks into starting the Art and Design HND course at NESCOL, a class outing brought me to the Zoology Museum for some investigative drawing.  After having a good look around the impressive exhibition of fascinating specimens, I chose to make a study of the ‘Australian lungfish pelvic girdle’ which was displayed in one of the glass cabinets. I liked the symmetry and feather-like structure of the skeleton.

Dead or Alive by Bibo Weber-Keeley (12)

The Australian lungfish pelvic girdle in the Zoology Museum, Aberdeen

Later, in the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre education room where visitors have the chance to handle all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures – like dried beetles and tarantulas, taxidermied shrews or skeleton-parts of sea mammals – it was a stuffed black bird which caught my attention. It was ‘sitting’ on the shelf, looking quite alive. I took it over to the table, where I started a second study which I drew directly on top of my initial pencil drawing. This time I used black pen.

Bibo's Zoology Museum drawing

Bibo’s Zoology Museum drawing

I enjoyed this process very much. The skeletal structure and the overlaying face and feathers of the bird seemed to gradually merge into one new creature.

My own artwork is often influenced by organic forms and textures and the museum with its calm meditative atmosphere is certainly an inspiring place for me. There’s no shortage of potential source material and I can foresee myself coming back for further visual research and drawing experiences in the near future.

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About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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2 Responses to Sketching skeletons and other curious creatures

  1. Leroy says:

    Beautiful drawing.

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