Drawing Practice

There’s no big mystery to drawing. It’s simply looking very closely with a pen or pencil in hand. Last week, Lori of Camp Creek Blog emailed out daily drawing prompts, but I saved them until this week when I could focus a little more. Many of the prompts are for items I’ve already drawn on my own or through one class or another, but sometimes it’s easier to just go draw what you’re told instead of looking around for something on your own. So I’m trying to, this week.

Day one was hands–first through blind contour, then contour.

Blind contour drawing of my left hand.

Blind contour drawing of my left hand.

Contour drawing of my left hand.

Contour drawing of my left hand.

The second prompt was to draw something from nature. I chose some skate egg cases.

Skate egg case drawing.

Skate egg case drawing.

And day three was to draw something from the kitchen. I chose a pair of tongs. I had some trouble with the rounded, toothed scoop part, especially on the left.

Kitchen tongs.

Kitchen tongs.

That’s the angle I drew it at, so that’s the angle I photographed it at.

I like drawing, and more drawing leads to better drawing, so I plan to finish out the week’s worth of prompts this week. So far none of the kids have sat down to draw next to me (this week), but after observing me drawing the tongs, my daughter went into her room with her sketchbook and drew her Hello Kitty jewelry box. All the kids already draw, though, some more often than others, from imagination and from observation.

2 thoughts on “Drawing Practice

  1. Michelle

    Wow, your hands came out great! Mine look like big, hairy man-hands, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried to draw hands before (knowing they’re hella-hard), so trying to cut myself some slack.

    My kids are the same. They draw mostly from imagination, but once in a while they do try to draw one of their stuffed animals or some other toy. Ella is excited to sit with me each day for drawing time (not Harper- no, no, no, not this week, at least), but she’s mostly opposed to “assignments.” But after watching me yesterday, she did try drawing a couple of objects from the table. It’s much easier for her to draw from her imagination (everything she creates has a bit of a manga feel to it) and doesn’t like practicing, so I’m hoping to inspire some baby steps from her.

  2. Jen

    We’re working on the prompts this week too. Ree draws all the time…from her imagination and from what she sees. We talked a little bit about the observational part of drawing but she really had no interest in sitting & drawing from yesterday’s prompt. So she’s filling her new sketchbook with her own ideas. Which is awesome! Just sitting with her while we both work on our creative pursuits is perfect for me!

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