For those who wish to draw more

Teatime November 1, 2006

Filed under: .India,Day 01,Drawing — India @ 6:16 pm
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And, finally, here is my extremely accomplished Day 1 drawing:


All day I was glancing sidelong around my office, trying to determine whether there was anything that would be interesting to draw but not too demanding. Because I am nothing if not lazy. Well, come four o’clock, the tea rig was right there, you know? And it looked pretty straightforward . . .

But then, as soon as I started drawing it, I realized: white, shiny, twelvety gajillion shades of gray, . . . I knew I should have started with Carol Rosinski’s smoothie and graduation exercises. I knew I should have printed the value scale that she posted today, as if she were reading my mind. Carol, if you’re reading this—Stop being psychic! You’re creeping me out!

But it’s true what they say about that once-you-get-started-it’s-not-that-bad thing. I mean, I was gritting my teeth through the whole drawing, but after a certain point I was like, “Oh, what the hell, I might as well draw the telephone behind it, too . . .” And now with that lousy telephone there, the tea things look almost intentional, right? And turning the pad diagonally (which was the only way it would fit on my cluttered desk) was a brilliant stroke, too, right? Because with your head tilted as it is right now, you can’t even tell how cockeyed the mug is.

Clearly, I am an artistic genius.


5 Responses to “Teatime”

  1. India Amos Says:

    Also, clearly, I am a subhuman who vivisects kittens and marks up library books with highlighter pens. Because otherwise, my photos would be showing up in the Flickr pool along with everyone else’s. I’ve queried tech support . . .

  2. d. f. tweney Says:

    I saw it on Flickr… it’s showing up in the pool there!

  3. India Amos Says:

    Yes, because you’re logged in and I have you marked as a “contact.” Log out, and it disappears. I’ve been NIPSAd, presumably for all the book jackets I have in there, though most of them are marked as “private.”

  4. margaretei Says:

    I have very fond memories of the tea rig (sandwiched between some truly rubbish ones, alas), but I really like the composition of the phone in the background. Even in pencil it’s got a graphic look and is very eye-catching. Also the flowery bits on the lid of the tea strainer are nice. I hope the tea rig (and your artistic genius) is getting the appreciation it merits at the office.

  5. India Amos Says:

    Sadly, the tea rig and chocolate stash now serve me alone. H., though a tea drinker, refuses to take tea with me, for some perverse reason that she has been unable to persuasively articulate. She prefers the Abraham Lincoln–style bilgewater that comes from the coffee maker.

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