Nov 22, 2009

Quick sketches

University classes are finally over for the year. As a reward, I bought a new sketchbook and some Faber-Castell brush pens in warm greys. Here is the first sketch.

I find sketching hard, as my instinct is to sit, look and draw something for an hour, but sometimes there just isn't time! Of course, the only way to get better at it is to practise!

I work part of the day in our Christmas sale bookstore, which is just across from a Crabtree & Evelyn store. In between helping people with Christmas purchases, this sketch of the C&E poster for their Christmas campaign in about five minutes.

Nov 11, 2009


My flatmate's teapot. Bit of an experiment with using colour and graphite.

Faber-Castell graphite (B), Faber-Castell watercolour pencil in '443', Derwent watercolour pencil in 'Prussian Blue'.

Nov 6, 2009

A heart of gold

I'm not a figurine-collecting kind of girl, but this is on my dresser, as a daily reminder of my 'second mum', my boss from my first, beloved job in a bookstore. She gave it to me one Christmas, and I love it.

It's made to look like it's carved from timber (hence the angular lines at the base of the figure), and doesn't have a face, but I think its expression is lovely. :)

Drawn with Faber-Castell B graphite pencil.

Nov 4, 2009


It's hayfever season, and tissues are my constant companion!

This drawing added another thing to the challenge list - fabric folds! Those are hard!

2B Progresso graphite pencil.

Nov 2, 2009

EDM #205 - Draw a soda can.

It's getting really hot here in Canberra. Thankfully, the Boy keeps refreshing mini-cans (200mls - the perfect size, not too much, not too little!) of icy-cold Coke in his fridge for such occasions. And here are a few sketches.

The first one is more of an example of how I didn't look at perspective, hence a very wonky coaster under the can! I was really disappointed, as I was enjoying myself until then!

In the second, I was too scared (!!!) to draw the logo in case I stuffed it up! Also wish I could do better reflections. By the time I drew the second one, the coaster had been replaced by a placemat.

These are both done with my favourite medium, dry sanguine pencil.