I was very pleased to be allowed to draw at the Animal Inside Out exhibition at the Natural History Museum. The animals have all been assembled by Gunter von Hagen’s BODY WORLDS team using the process of plastination, capturing the anatomy of each and showing the fine detail of its real tissue. From the spectacular animals on display I chose to draw the two lateral views of the octopus.
The octopus has no internal skeleton which allows it to squeeze through even the smallest gaps in search of prey. It lives underwater and breathes through gills, but is capable of slithering across dry land for brief periods of time.