My son and I have come to Exeter’s marvellous RAMM (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. My stuffed birds were (there is a huge cabinet of them to choose from – though it is a little dark) the head of a Rhea (A5 ‘ish – Pencil) and a Heron about to pounce. (A4 – pencil)


In a different area were the Museums Fossils. I was particularly taken with the skull of a Rhynchosaur.
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.

A4 – Biro

Drawn on an ‘Aboreta’ sketching paper.


Here’s a link to the RAMM:

and here’s a look at some of my other sketches in The National History Museum:
Barn Owl Sketches

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