Last week we have decided to break our ‘Saturday do errands’ routine, head out to Drumheller to visit Royal Tyrell Museum, and marvel again at all those huge dinosaur skeletons and bones. Just about a two-hours drive from Calgary, this is a very famous destination, and if you happen to be in Alberta, you won’t regret setting some time aside for visiting this place.
I have to admit that sketching this place on location was my main goal, as this would have been our second visit since we came to Calgary ten years ago. But lo and behold, I missed a little detail: there is not enough light inside the museum for a good sketching experience (not for a beginner like myself). All the lights are dimmed purposely to create a more authentic experience, I believe. So forcing myself into a sketchy failure was not appealing to me. Instead I focused on observing more around me and taking pictures.
We took lots of pictures, and I had to make quite a few adjustments to them (working with Adobe Lightroom) to be able to call them ‘good enough’ for sharing. The flash on my camera was very powerful so I had to fiddle with the highlights setting quite a bit.
Here is a link to see them all if you happen to be a T-Rex or Jurassic Park aficionado – http://crisandioana.zenfolio.com/p240512197
But to keep things short and sweet, I will only post here the two sketches I have done at home after my visit:
and here is a glimpse of the badlands, and one inside the museum.