No life drawing this month, so to fill its absence I spent a few hours today at the Surgeons' Hall Museum in Edinburgh, particularly the pathology museum and its collection of anatomical specimens. My first time there, and just in the nick of time - it's closing in a few weeks time for over a year of redevelopment. Inspired by the dissection sketching from last month, I thought it would be an interesting experience, although I wasn't sure how I'd react to such potentially queasy sights.
Turns out I was fine. Not only that, it was a uniquely fascinating challenge quite different from anything I've drawn before, occupying some curious grey area between life drawing and still life. I could easily have spent all day, all week there, it's a lovely building to work it and I was particularly grateful for the many chairs around the museum. There was a lot to look at, a fair bit of time spent deciding which specimens to draw, despite being confined to the lower floor - one day I'd like to get access to the upper gallery and the massive collection within. Alas, I'll have to wait until summer 2015, but that gives me plenty of time to prepare. Anyway, here's the work I came away with today - mostly successful, aside from the brain with a bullethole. And those dentures could give you more nightmares than any of those jarred specimens.