VR Drawing

Observing a Virtual Model

Observation drawing can be done from objects, photographs or previous illustrations (redrawings), but the ability to move around an object by changing orientation of the subject is helpful.  The subject does not necessarily need to be touched in order to explore various orientations.  The viewer can move around a physical object and examine the object from various orientations, and a VR viewer also provides the ability to change orientation of virtual 3D objects.

VR Viewer

Below is a VR View of a seal humerus from Atlantic coast shoreline.  Rotate the viewer by click and dragging right or left to spin around the object.  Zoom in/out to view high resolution details of surface and pan around image.

NOTE: If you cannot drag and spin the model zoom out as far as possible and try again.  Spinning only works when not zoomed into a particular view.

Why don’t you give it a try?

Use the VR Viewer above and do some observation drawings of the seal humerus.


Observation Drawing Sessions

Dalhousie University McCulloch Museum

Take a break from studying.  Improve  your observation drawing skills.  Draw cool stuff!

Tuesdays March 12, 19, and 26th – 2013

4:30 – 6:00 pm

  • Natural Sciences involve making observations of natural forms and processes.
  • Observation drawing is an activity that enhances observation, visual communication, and spatial visualization skills.
  • Participants will receive brief instructions related to observation drawing skills and begin drawing specimens displayed in the museum.
  • Bring your own sketch book – or use drawing supplies provided.
  • Sessions are free – drop in and draw.

Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Tim Fedak, Assistant Professor Dalhousie Earth Sciences.  Dr. Fedak is a vertebrate paleontologist (PhD, Dalhousie 2007) with a foundation in visual art and an interest in developing observation drawing skills among students.

Contact us if you have any questions or comments.