September 5, 2013

It's the first full week of September, and everyone is busy adjusting to being back in class. It's been a great few weeks of getting to know the new BMC first year students - they get an early start with the human anatomy lectures and labs we take with the medical school. It seems crazy to think that just one short year ago, I was where they are now - blazing through the entire suite of thorax lectures in under a week, and taking my first official art class.

My mind was blown by all the things I never knew I didn't know - from the inner workings of the human heart, to the subtle nuances of reflected light - it was an entire world apart from being at a lab bench. I remember being overwhelmed being asked to draw a sketch based on a specimen, and taking 5 hours on my shading exercise. Thankfully, BMC is so full of beautiful and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that push students to grow.

After an intense year, I'm amazed by how far I've come with a pencil and paper. I was so excited today when Dave Mazierski finally brought me the raccoon skull he reconstructed last year. I was dying to borrow it to sketch! But that wasn't all - turns out he has an entire collection of skulls from all kinds of animals squirreled away in storage bins in his office! It would be difficult to describe how excited I was at this realization.

I decided to waste no time. I had to sketch the raccoon skull this very day. I'm really happy with how it turned out. This little guy probably deserves a full rendering. And some company, too, perhaps? I'm thinking a skull a month?

My first animal skull sketch, based on a raccoon skull.