I approached this months theme like I do with most themes which is to start with a list of things to sketch related to the theme. A cabinet of curiosities contains things from the natural world so here's the list I came up with:
Bugs/Butterflies/Spiders and other assorted creepy crawlies
Flowers & leaves
Antlers, claws, teeth
I decided to start with the first thing on the list and broke out the charcoal:
Why charcoal? Well I enrolled in a 12 week beginner drawing class and we're working with charcoal. I'm finding I really enjoy working with charcoal for a couple of reasons. First it's a little messy which is actually quite freeing. When I work with it, the page (and my hand) gets messy which helps keep me loose and relaxed. The second reason is that it's a pretty fluid medium to sketch with.
by that I mean that the marks on the page are easy to move around on the page simply by smearing them with your finger...
So I can lay down a base to work up from and then add in darker details...
And blend some more
and continue to work this way until I get the result that I want...
I'm only two weeks into the class and I'm really enjoying it.
Okay so I cross feathers off my list. Now it's onto jars & bugs...