Drawing at the Mediterranean museum

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I have been drawing with two friends at the Mediterranean museum today (or The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, as they state their name in English). I have been working with some other techniques than ink pen lately, to try to get out of my normal routine for a bit. Today a mechanical pencil with a really thick lead was my weapon of choice.

At the museum they have a huge collection of antique terracotta figurines from excavations in Cyprus, and they are hilarious! If you ever go there to see them, I promise you will have the urge to draw them. They come in all sizes from tiny to human size, and they all have their own personality. Some are very elaborately made, with clothes and hats and patterns all over, while others are just thumbed clay in some sort of human shape. I love the ones with only a big nose in the middle of their face. So simple, yet so expressive.

13 x 22 cm, pencil on some sort of drawing paper.

12 Responses to “Drawing at the Mediterranean museum”

  1. Isa says:

    Amusant ce dessin ! j’ai une question : en décembre tu as utilisé ceci : Snowman ink pen and watercolours on Plano drawing paper, peux tu me dire ce qu’est ce stylo et ce papier ?
    What sort of pen and paper is it ? Thank you. ;) )

    • Merci, Isa!
      I hope it is ok that I answer in English – I´m good with reading in French, but writing is a whole other story… ; )
      The Snowman pen is a regular waterproof ink pen, sort of like the Micron. If you do an image search on “Snowman drawing pen”, you should get some decent pictures of it. Don´t just search for “snowman pen” though, that gives the impression I am drawing with a childrens toy with a Christmas theme. ; )
      Plano paper is a brand of drawing paper that I sometimes buy large sheets of. I find it in one of the art supply stores in Stockholm, I don´t know if it is available online. It has got a very smooth surface, good for ink pens, but a bit boring for watercolours.

  2. Omigosh, what fun! These are REALLY different…

    • They sure are, Kate. And they do make an impression on visitors to the museum (not my drawing, but the real figurines). Everyone reacts to them, either with laughter or with a “oh my, wow, look at those”, because they are SO many, and they look so funny. : )
      They are extremely fun to draw.

  3. Kaisa says:

    Medelhavs museet is one of my favourite museums! The terracotta figurines are so – cute. And mysterious in their silence. But last time I was there, I was drawn to the Roman busts. They too have a certain kind of silence to them, I think. Especially because they are portraits, and because marble has that special ability to become lifelike as light is able penetrate into it. I took some black and white photos of them, and your post reminded me that I was supposed to make something with them.

    Love your art! These ‘heads’ are different in a good way :)

  4. Hi Kaisa,
    thanks for your comment! Yes, Medelhavsmuseet is really cozy, I like it a lot too. The Roman busts are kind of cool too, I know what you mean with the light through the marble. : )

  5. Magnificent drawing and extraordinary atmosphere. Greetings.

  6. Nina, I like your use of the fat pencil and your arrangement of the figures. They look really fun.

  7. Nina, go here and scroll down four or five illustrations to “the rock artist”–it’s your guys!
    http://www.linesandcolors.com/2012/02/25/simon-dominic/

  8. isa says:

    Thank you for those explanations Nina, I’ll see that on the web ;) )

  9. Debra says:

    Hi there,
    would very much like to talk to you about a commission, but don’t have an email…. could you get in touch with me? Thanks! Debra, Toronto, Canada


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