Capturing a Moment…and a Mixer

I’ve been continuing with the exercises in Bert Dodson’s Keys to Drawing. As expected, I guess, they are getting progressively more difficult.

Project 1-E was to draw a bottle made of tinted glass. The object of the exercise was to look for the “hidden” or “enrichment” shapes within the bigger shape. I found this incredibly challenging, as you will see from the comments.

Project 1-F was to draw a complicated mechanical object. I chose to attempt to draw my hand held electric mixer lying on the table. I got the overall shape (ish) but struggled with the beater bits! There are disadvantages to only drawing in pen – no rubbing out!!

bottle & mixer

After I had drawn the mixer, I thought I would have a go at sketching the boys as they played “Civilization V” on the computer.
boys playing civ

This is my first real attempt at drawing people. They didn’t know I was drawing them, so they weren’t sitting perfectly still…I was pretty pleased with my sketch – it’s certainly not perfect (eg Waif’s neck isn’t really that thick ;-)) but it captures the moment, and that was the aim.

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16 thoughts on “Capturing a Moment…and a Mixer

  1. Ben Naga says:

    Don’t worry. I don’t think you are in danger of getting your artistic licence being withdrawn. 😛

  2. Suzy says:

    Great job on your sketches! I think I have that book on my book shelf too! Maybe I should get it down and give it a go!

  3. Your personal style definitely comes through in your drawings. LOVE the mixer, it would make a good greeting card…………….

  4. I got this book! I’m about to start the tinted bottle exercise! So far I love it. I’m completely amazed that I drew my feet… and you can tell that it is a picture of feet.

  5. NatashaMay says:

    Fabulous drawings! I find drawing everyday objects very difficult so I applaud you for challenging yourself. 🙂

  6. Mary Walker says:

    You did such a great job capturing the beaters the angle must have been gruesome you’re really good at drawing what is really there. Thanks for linking to this weeks SMWYG, see you next Wednesday.

  7. Both mechanical objects and glass can be quite challenging to draw! You’ve done a pretty good job with both of them. Drawing with pen is challenging but I also think that since you can’t erase it forces you to make decisions in a different kind of way that over the years I have found make the hand-eye more precise! keep it up! always a pleasure to see you/your children’s drawings

    • vivjm says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment!
      I guess if the exercises weren’t difficult, then it wouldn’t be a challenge and so wouldn’t help improve my drawing skills. It’s good to hear that you have found using a pen has improved your hand-eye skills, I will bear that in mind next time I am thinking “why on earth didn’t I use a pencil?!”

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