I seem to do most drawing after midnight. This is not a preference — it’s just the time when I’m trying to fit in things that are too important to wait another day.
I had planned on sketching a terrific set of salt and pepper shakers my mom gave me at Christmas. She’s cleaning out her kitchen and other spaces because she’s having the kitchen redone, and she found this old classic set from the late 60s, when we lived in eastern Pennsylvania. I recognized them right away when I saw them. They are white with a blue and black design, and each is in an hourglass shape. Stylish. Most interestingly, the salt and the pepper have the same pattern of holes at the top.
But when I was ready to choose an item to draw, I found I didn’t want to sketch hourglass shapes. And also, I drew salt and pepper shakers in November.
So instead, I chose a potato masher for its squiggliness, and because I love the mashed potatoes and guacamole I make with it.
I wanted to draw something cartoony but from the start I was caught up in getting the shape and proportions somewhere near reality. But then at the end I found myself going over the lines heavily after all. And then I started to draw the shadow and I noticed that the shadow looked different from the masher — no squiggles, just simple corners, plus a little pinkie shooting out to the left. This was the best part.