Monday, May 9, 2011

Drawing in May

My new "30 minute studio warm up project" is on its way. I have been lucky that of the eight days that May has counted so far I was able to be in my studio for six. So I have six drawings to share from my watercolor sketchbook!

EDM #1 - Draw a shoe
Drawing is quite challenging for me. I'm no star at it and I find I only moderately enjoy it. That is to say: I don't really like drawing from life all that much. I don't hate it either, otherwise of course I would not give myself this challenge, but it's a little like doing homework.

EDM #2 - Draw a lamp
The funny thing is that I feel as if I should like it more. I'm in total awe of people who sketch their lives, their environments and just practice this skill over and over. When I see other people's sketchbooks I want that too. And what I do like about this little May-challenge is that I document every day objects from my life that have never been documented.

EDM #3 - Draw a wallet
 I mean, really, who takes pictures of their wallet? Or their desk lamp? Hmmm, now that I am considering this an idea pops into my head for a photographic challenge. Maybe one day I should do the EDM challenges differently, with photographs! Ooh, I have to write that one down in my notebook! ;-)

EDM #4 - Draw a cup
 When it comes to drawing what I mostly like is drawing things just for the fun of it. Things that are in my head and just make me smile. Like the freebie label sheets or my little houses. Maybe this also has to do with a lack of pressure in that it does not have to look like anything. Nobody's gonna look at my little houses and say: Hey those aren't up to building regulations! ;-) I guess I like my art as stress free as possible!

EDM #5 - Draw your bed
Still, this May drawing is a good practice and I am learning a little. The biggest thing I'm learning is that the things that look easiest to draw are actually the hardest. This really surprises me over and over again. For instance I thought my desk lamp and the cup with built in teapot would be super easy, but they are just impossible! I couldn't get them right at all. Very frustrating indeed!

EDM #6 - Draw a childhood toy
I've come to think this is because simple lines have to be caught just right or you will just get a wonky drawing. Whereas more complicated and curvy lines are much  more forgiving. Who's gonna tell if my wallet does not bend exactly that way and has some more thread hanging out of it?

All in all, this is an interesting experiment, but I don't think I will ever by an accomplished live drawer. I'll pick the make believe stuff any time. Hope you enjoyed looking at these anyway ;-)


  1. I think I agree with you about drawing...I SO want to be able to do it and to emulate all of those wonderful sketchbooks I see, but when I get started trying to do it...I feel a little less motivated! It feels like WORK...homework, as you said. I admire your resolve to practice your drawing this month, and I enjoy looking at your sketches. I especially like how you combine your drawings with watercolor backgrounds!

  2. Awesome sketches! =) Love the colors.
    Oh by the way, thanks for your comments on the Black Eyed Peas drawing...the sleeping man, he wasn't sleeping, he was playing with his phone ^^

  3. Very cool--I love the desk lamp and the shoes especially!

  4. I started with the same intent... but I am not really good at sticking I guess. You can visit my everyday matters site
    I am thinking you might inspire me to get back into that list! Your drawings are lovely.

  5. I feel that way about drawing people from life. But I know 99% of drawing is practice, so I'm forcing myself to practice it, even though I'm disappointed with everything I've drawn so far. And that makes it hard to get out the sketchbook to start one more bad drawing ... but being better at it will be enjoyable, so I persist.

    I think your drawings look great!

  6. These are fabulous!! I just did my first painting (and of faces at that) this past weekend. Drawing realistically and in perspective is something I never/can't do but everyday I wish I could. I signed up for the Sketchbook project 2012 just for the challenge of doing a small drawing a day. Thanks for sharing your work!


  7. Very nice work! The colors on the one of the wallet are delicious.

  8. I had that same feeling about drawing for ages, and the thing that got me through it was drawing every day- doing it so often that I stopped worrying about it. That seems to be the point where it gets enjoyable...
    I really like your cup/teapot by the way!

  9. Your sketches are fab Caatje... wow, they are really good... love the shoes...

    Jenny x

  10. love your sketches and how you incorporate watercolors in with your sketches.

  11. Thank you all for your kind words and it's good to know I'm not the only one who has some trouble with drawing sometimes ;-)


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