Now that the Samurai exhibit has left our museum I’ve been concentrating more on the Nigerian exhibit. The more I sketch it the more I gain insights into life as an urban Nigerian of the past. While many (most?) of the masks, crests and statues that make up the exhibit were ceremonial in nature, the early Nigerians used carvings to grace everything. If they needed to stopper a bottle, they made a plug with a head or statue on top of it. Combs were carved from wood and had ornate handles. Even spoons and ladles were handsomely carved. Because of this, there’s a lot to sketch and because of the complexity of these objects, it’s the best sketching practice an urban sketcher could want.
Here are some examples of what I’ve done recently. All were done in an Stillman and Birn Epsilon sketchbook (5.5×8.5) and all with a Pilot Prera pen filled with Noodler’s Lexington Gray.
Color comes from watercolor pencils as they’re just more convenient in museum setting than are my actual watercolors.
Have you done any sketching in museums? If so, do you find it fun?