Hello everyone, I’ve been drawing quite a bit at my new drawing desk. I should have gotten it sooner, I don’t know what took me so long. These drawings are all done on the blank side of my Interior Design sketchbook assignment. Let’s just jump right in . . . I’ll show the furniture side first and then the blank side.
This was sketch #4 of a table. It’s ok. The perspective is correct. My lines are a bit wobbly. No shading, no life, just a plain table.
The perspective made me think it belonged in outer space. So, I made it into some kind of space ship. I used graphite pencils and charcoal. Any Friends fans out there? I used to be a major fan, I over watched every season ’till I couldn’t stand them anymore. I have this scene running through my head right now:
It’s not just a table, it’s a space table.
My wacky boyfriend has a brain full of random stuff, so I got him to suggest some things for me to draw. He came up with so many great ideas, but then he said, “Icicles.”
Normally, I’d just say, “No, that’s too hard.”
But since I’m just drawing for fun with no pressure, I decided to just do it. They weren’t that hard, and I didn’t work to get them perfect. But they look pretty great for some fun sketching. I used graphite pencils.
Sketch #6. I didn’t do anything to it, I decided to share my professor’s notes. If anyone is trying to draw chairs and you’re struggling, then I hope this page can be helpful to you. They’re probably pretty common mistakes beginners make.
Another one suggested by my boyfriend. He’s part Indian and his aunt has a dreamcatcher that this one is inspired by. I decided to use Polychromos colored pencils and let me tell you why that was a bad idea.
It’s a slow medium that requires a lot of layers. And since these are just sketches, I’m not willing to put in the work or waste the pencils.
So, I should have done graphite or chosen a different way to color it. That’s one thing sketchbook work is for, to help me make fewer mistakes.
It definitely would have looked better if I did the whole thing in graphite.
Sketch #17. Another one that’s not too bad . . . some messy lines, but overall it’s a good chair sketch.
Zebra Print Arm Chair
Ew, it looks kind of gross here 😝. It’s because I drew the zebra stripes with 6B and 8B pencils and the graphite smeared. Also, the green I added sorta looks like a sickly covid 19 – green.
I wanted to use my Crayola crayons in the neat the little case. I figured they’d be faster and I really like the colors. And Omg, the crayon box is at the very bottom of the Leaning Tower of Pisa boxes. See that box on the bottom left with the blue lid . . . sigh.
Here’s the sketch before I added crayons. I probably should’ve just used graphite pencils, cuz that looks pretty good.
Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X
Ok, my drawing isn’t anywhere near as scary and complete as Francis Bacon’s on the right, but mine reminded me of this painting. I might go ahead and work some more on it . . . but the question is, who should I put to sit in the chair? If you have any ideas, just let me know in the comments.
Honey Joe Bear
I have an idea for a drawing I’d like to do that has a teddy bear in it, so I’ll need lot’s of practice drawing them. As you can see, I stuck with graphite on this one. His eyes look a bit sinister but it’s a pretty good sketch. I get a little impatient with things like fur, so that’s definitely an area I need to learn to be more patient with.
I got this bear when I was 1. We were living in California and my grandparents came all the way from Texas to see me and give me this bear, and another bear that’s identical. I guess they’re twins. We even have a cool home video recorded on VHS 😊.
That’s All the Sketches for Today
I hope you enjoyed them and maybe even got some inspiration for your own work. Just remember that sketchbooks are the perfect place to experiment with different supplies and it’s ok to make some mistakes, like smearing the graphite or using sickly covid 19 – green. Just have fun and draw.
Next Thursday, I’ll be talking about one of my favorite artists who is a big inspiration for my photography.
I was looking for a little motivation for the teddy bear so I watched this video by Yong Chen. If you’re in the mood to see someone draw a teddy bear in graphite, go check it out.