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totem & jar November 7, 2006

Filed under: .Kim,Day 07 — kim @ 3:47 pm
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totem & jar

Day 7 – who duh thunk? Seriously, I’m pleased that I have actually managed to do this everyday! I am surprised with the ebb and flow of emotions I’ve had along with it. This is not something that comes naturally to me and my inner (less than polite) critic has been there for every step in the process. I still find the start, staring at a blank sheet of paper intimidating and have trouble deciding what to draw. I think a tutorial on simple mark making would be invaluable. Clearly, more practice won’t hurt!

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5 Responses to “totem & jar”

  1. India Amos Says:

    Really nice! Love the way you rendered the pattern, and the shadow on the top.

    I’m curious: Where did you start? I mean, where in the drawing did you first put your pen down? And how do you—how does everyone—decide that? And how do you proceed from there—does the drawing radiate out from the first stroke, or do you sketch the whole and then fill in, or what?

    I tend to start with something I think I can draw easily, something with a strong and obvious contour, preferably not too big. Then I draw out from that, trying usually in vain to keep the proportions right. Every now and then, I have the sense to rough in the shapes first, so that I can correct my awkward lines, but for some reason I don’t often think to do that. I try to concentrate on defining light and dark areas, rather than drawing contours, probably because it’s easier to fudge. Then, once I’ve got the thing or things in place, I go back to fill in as much detail as I have patience for. (Clearly, you have a lot more patience than I do.)

    Can you describe how you drew this?

  2. markdm Says:

    Great job with the textures. I also like the way you rendered the shadow on the lid, and the bit of gestalt along the left-hand side of the jar.

    To answer your question, India, I start with the basic shapes and try to define light and dark areas. In a street scene or something fairly involved, I start with the main subject — whatever caught my eye to begin with — so that I don’t run out of room for it or draw it too far out of proportion.

    If there’s a horizon, that goes in early, as does anything else that runs all or most of the way across the page (the awnings in Woman Reading, for example). That helps me divide and conquer. People also go in early, partly because I have a hard time drawing them and partly because you never know when they’ll get up and walk away.

    From there, I just concentrate on one object or area at a time, filling in details from foreground to background and from light to dark.

  3. tassava Says:

    Wow! No offense to my fellow DrawMo’ers, but I think this is my favorite drawing so far. Well done!

  4. kim Says:

    (“huh? – are we looking at the same thing???” said the inner critic)
    India, I started with the knob on the top of the jar, then determined where the outer edges of the lip of the lid would be, then the base. Putting the curved lines in place that separated the jar into its’ sections was next followed by drawing in the ogee archs.
    (Col. Mustard with the candlestick in the study)
    Really, this is the first time I’ve seriously thought about it. I guess it is fairly logical (like Mark was saying – Thanks Mark!) I start at the top, figure out the basic proportions, work from light to dark, and trust that my eye will fill in the rest.

  5. Dylan Tweney Says:

    I really like the way the pattern defines the jar here: You didn’t draw the outline (the way I would have) and then fill in the pattern, and you can see that by the way the white space just flows out into the background. Very elegant! And very patient of you.

    To answer India’s question: I think I start my drawings in the lower right and then work up and left. I’m not sure why. I usually try to sketch in the overall form or masses and then fill in detail … which is why a drawing like this one blows my mind so much!


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