|9/9/13 Platinum Carbon ink, watercolor, Zig markers|
Ever since the Seattle Urban Sketchers met at the Seattle Center last holiday season, I’ve been thinking about returning to sketch at the Experience Music Project Museum. At the time, I had briefly considered sketching in the EMP lobby. Ultimately, I was overwhelmed by the unusual space and especially the formidable Guitar Gallery sculpture visible from the lobby, so I ended up sketching at the skating rink and Armory instead.
With eight more months of sketching chops since then (she said, boldly), I was ready to take on the Guitar Gallery. I don’t know if the size of this amazing piece of work – made of actual guitars and other instruments – is apparent in my sketch, but I couldn’t get it all in. In fact, photographing it in one shot is impossible unless you have a particularly wide wide-angle lens (which my phone fell far short of).
EMP is one of those places where I feel conflicted: I’m torn between wanting to see all the exhibits and wanting to sketch. But in a large museum like that where one could easily spend all day, I usually have a better experience if I take my time in a few exhibits rather than try to see all of them in a cursory manner. With that in mind, I spent most of my time in the Icons of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic exhibits. I first sketched the harpoon gun used by Sigourney Weaver in “Alien” (1979). Then I took a wider view of the exhibit area that included an Anubis guard helmet worn in “Stargate” (1994).
|9/9/13 Diamine Grey and Eclipse inks|
|9/9/13 Diamine Eclipse, Grey and Chocolate Brown inks|