Visiting the Bone Room

I missed the Bone Room last semester, and was really happy to finally go there this time around. We rode the yellow schoolbus all the way to Guelph, where we had access to the Human Anatomy room, the different bone rooms and had lots of lessons about comparative anatomy from Werner and the very helpful staff. It was a very sunny day, so I was pleased to be in the cold room drawing for nearly 3 hours.

For me it was very exciting to find out what are the real colors of the flesh after death, and the way nails and fingertips get darkened:

When it comes to comparative anatomy, I guess these sketches just scream “It’s EVOLUTION, baby!!!”:

But my favorite subjects to draw where these pair of heads:

It was a great trip… and unlike the guy that went there during last semester, we had no trouble getting back home.


First Semester: Life Drawing

This is what I did during my first year of Life Drawing.  Let’s go over it slowly, so you can see the progress (or lack of it).

  • First: Marvelous bones!

I was asked by Werner to draw a skeleton as part of my first assignment. I panicked. Everyone else seemed to have been taking something called “fundies” (which I suspected involved learning all this anatomy stuff beforehand). I had no idea what to draw when I was looking at the skeleton in the classroom.  Everyone else around me looked like they knew what they were doing. And they had Conté sticks! I used my sanguine pencil and pretended to know what I was doing as well. I did my best, I swear.

Can you see how I think a human being looks like inside? My view of the world is askew and out there in newsprint for everyone to see.  I still love it because it was my first skeleton, and its big head is because I mostly drew cartoony stuff before getting in the program.

This was the third try by the way, it still sucked.

Then, just because I’m stubborn, I stayed in the room for the rest of the semester:

Let’s start looking at the separate parts:

That wasn’t too painful (except for the sleepless nights, the fear of failure and the back pains). But there was this little thing Werner told us to do: Rotate the pelvis.

It was useful. It was also hard to do and I forgot most of it by second semester. I should be drawing more pelvises.

  • The Hands.

First try:

Second try:

  • Drawing people.

Life Drawing, as you may suspect, involves drawing naked people as well. So, there’s some academic nudity:


  • Café sketches.

One thing I loved was that I could hand in as homework the thing I do without being asked to: Draw strangers in my sketchbook.