What I did with the creamer, I thought to do with my flowers on a larger sheet of paper.  These drawings are made on Strathmore 400 series 18 x 24  sheets.  It’s difficult to work as fast on the larger sheet — though I haven’t given up.  Without switching to other media, staying with my sharp and steady Dixon Ticonderoga pencils, I want to gain a greater ease and freedom with the larger scale drawing — approaching the subject in the same manner, with a point-and-shoot, see-it, draw-it swiftness only doing it bigger

This size sheet is too small for me to do this particular still life at actual size.  If I got a vase of flowers that fit into the 18 x 24 format, that might speed things up further.  (Let’s see, do I have any admirers who could send me flowers?)

(Um, no.)

Anyway, the first attempt is rather pointedly out of scale — a problem that would be fixed by switching to something smaller that I can fit into the sheet without downsizing (and we thought only corporations downsized).  In the second drawing, I was more self-consciously determined to deal with the proportions before scribbling into separate passages.  Nevertheless, mistakes or no, it matters not.  The point of this whole foray into drawing is that I shall have no fear, feel no scrupples, and draw until I drop.

I had a third drawing that I began last night under different illumination, and I would display it here — except — I dropped.

5 thoughts on “Learning to fiddle fast

  1. Aletha,
    It’s so hard to control this kind of drawing on a large scale. I like the sketchiness of the flowers on the second one. I really like the fabric and the shadows on the first one. They are both good.
    Congratulations.

  2. The larger scale does indeed throw one off (or me, anyway). Looking down at the drawing, I’m looking at my own image in foreshortening. For the second drawing, I was too lazy to set up the easel, but I did hold the tablet perpendicularly on my lap from time to time to get a more accurate sense of the image.

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