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Visiting the RAMM

My son and I have come to Exeter‘s marvellous RAMMuseum (Royal Albert Memorial Museum – which is free! Though, of course, we did give a donation. Which seems only reasonable).
With the intention​ of sketching some of the exhibits. As he would like some practice at sketching 3D objects. His drawing is coming on really well, but he does need to practice drawing from life and here there are lots of interesting things to draw. All you have to do is find something, set yourself up and ignore the people wandering around you (which can be easier said than done!)

In particular, he wanted to sketch one or two fossils and after that some of the stuffed birds.

So here are​ my sketches for you to have a look at.

Featured sketch above:


Pencil ~ A4
It’s great to be able to easily sketch such impressive birds as this Rhea.

Materials Used

Today I’ve sketched on an Arboreta 160gsm off-white drawing cartridge pad. It has a slightly textured surface and I find it particularly good for pencil drawing. I’ve used a 6B pencil and a normal black biro.


Pencil ~ A4
Heron about to pounce. There is a huge cabinet of stuffed birds to choose from, though it is a little dark. Our museums have large collections of stuffed animals. The RAMM has made a good effort to display everything in a modern way and assessable way. Some of the birds do look stuffed, but others are more lifelike and they do stand still for you!


In a different area were the Museums Fossils. I was particularly taken with the skull of a Rhynchosaur. Which is a reptile from in this area during the Triassic period. When all the continents were joined into the supercontinent of Pangaea.
Biro Sketch ~ A4

Fragments of a fossilised reptile skull (Rhynchosaur) found at Ladram Bay.

“Dating to about 220 – 240 million years ago. These reptiles had powerful jaw muscles and rows of small round teeth. A tusk-like bone projected from their upper jaw for digging up roots and other food.” RAMM

The fossil fragments, mostly of the lower jaw, are held in a brass frame, forming the shape of the skull. So that you can see the shape of the skull.

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