Cruisin' to Alaska: Ray Troll's Studio & Dino Draw-along

Illustration: Cruisin' the Eternal Coastline, 2016, Ray Troll
Illustration: Cruisin' the Eternal Coastline, 2016, Ray Troll

Date & Time

Friday, February 12
5:30–6:30 PM PT

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portrait of ray troll against a blue backgroundMeet Ray Troll, the artist behind our new exhibit, Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline!

We're kicking off a new virtual event series about our new exhibit, Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline. Travel virtually to Ketchikan, Alaska, where you’ll get a peek inside his studio, learn about his creative process while drawing dinosaurs with him, and even get a chance to ask him questions in a live Q&A.



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Draw-along: Recommended art materials and where to find them

During the Draw-along, Ray will teach you to think in reverse as he introduces his unique drawing technique, which is about drawing the light instead of the shadows as we usually do. For this, he recommends picking up special paper and crayons—check out the links below for more information and where to find them. 

You certainly don’t need to have the special art supplies on hand to participate in the Draw-along! In a pinch, you can use what you might have lying around the house by substituting black construction paper and colored pencils or oil or chalk pastels.  

Recommended paper: Black Canson Mi-Teintes paper, 19"x25"

  • Black paper is important, as you'll be drawing the light!
  • Black Arches, Black Stonehenge or Strathmore Coal Black paper also work well with this technique.

Recommended crayons: Caran d'Ache Neocolor crayons

  • These highly pigmented, professional water-soluble crayons look great on dark paper.
  • Both the water-based Neocolor II and oil-based Neocolor I wax crayons will work beautifully.
  • One white colored pencil for sketching in your composition.

Where to find the art supplies:


About Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline

Uncover the diverse fossil bouquets of Republic, Seattle's ice age make-over, and more. Curated by paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll, Cruisin' features life-size sculptures and models, images of prehistoric creatures and real fossils along with paintings, drawings and a light and audio installation. Step into a world where fossils come to life.

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline exhibit