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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Experience Music Project Museum

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

1 comment:

  1. Thought I would dip my toe in and I'm very glad I did!!! I adore your loose pen and wash style, it's so fresh and lively, really vibrant work!! In particular I love the Coffee Shop on 65th, the Post Alley pics, Above the Viaduct (awesome), Bainbridge and the Guitar Gallery. This last one is really eye - catching. An interesting view point and a very challenging excercise in perspective. Not easy at all but I think you've done a great job on it!!!

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