4 Favorite Place: Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum

I was a bit stumped on what to depict for “my favorite place.” My first ideas all fit the top four frames of this hilarious image here by Grant Snider.

But doing something like “lost in a good book” or “dreaming” seemed too blatantly escapist and a tad creepy, like I live in my parents basement Boo Radley style. (I don’t)

So after some thinking I decided my favorite places are spots where I can be around a lot of old things and dead things and draw them and the other people that come to look at them. There are actually a good number of these places:




Historical Landmarks

Old Cities

Family Reunions…

I think my favorite museum I’ve visited was the British Museum, but I’ve only been once on my honeymoon and didn’t really get much of a chance to draw. (New Life Goal: go back and draw)

So my favorite place IS the Monte L Bean Life Science Museum in Provo, UT. I love that place. Tons of stuffed animals just sitting around, begging to be drawn. Most hilarious storage closets. I helped clean some out – hand me that tiger head. can you hold this duck?  During my zoology days, I was part of the volunteer staff, and aside from cleaning out closets, I gave talks to school kids and boy scouts on natural history topics and helped paint mural backdrops.

Most importantly I spent hours there learning how to draw, practicing everything from wolves to swans to the liger and a mouse taxidermied to look like a beaver in a small beaver dam model.

So here’s the drawing. 

I went for quantity over finish on this image, because drawing dozens of deer heads is way too much fun.

Some of you might be wondering about how my “days” of the 30 day challenge work. I have other work I’m trying to balance and while I do my drawing every day, it seems to take me a little longer to get it posted. I am limiting myself to a 24 hour period to work on a picture. So I’ll be moving along, and you should see #5 a friend of mine in the near future.



4 thoughts on “4 Favorite Place: Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum

  1. Jennifer

    I think that was such a great place for you to work/volunteer! I am glad it made it as one of your favorite places. I agree with Joan, I love this series! Thanks for brightening my day.


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