Inspiration, Instruction, Musings
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Tips and tricks:
You can do the sketches in pencil, crayon, marker, pen, watercolors, patchwork quilt, cut up and glued magazine pages.... whatever is fun for you, do it that way. Make a salt dough sculpture of your cup if you prefer. Take photographs of that cup, manipulate the image, super close up, super tiny. Just make it your own cup.
If you're not happy with your results:
1. Do a google image search "cup sketches" or "goblet sketches" and look at them. Study them, what did they do that you would like to imitate?
2. Choose the most complicated looking cup you have, it may be easier to draw than a simple one. We are less likely to draw a symbol (something you would draw for a picture guessing game) when there is more detail to the cup. Our eye sees that more information is required to identify THIS particular cup.
3. Turn your cup upside down and draw it that way, it may be easier.
4. Stop erasing. Just keep drawing. Leave the wrong lines, make the good lines darker. (Think of those animation sketches with all of those random lines)
5. If it's not going well and your frustration level is high, stop. Do something else and try again later.
Sometimes when a drawing isn't coming out quite right it's because I have overlooked some principal of perspective. I don't like to plan my artworks when I'm playing. I prefer to jump in and see what happens. Along the way I may realize my drawing is looking funky (not in a good way) and when I step back and think I realize this scene requires multiple vanishing points. If I like the drawing enough, I'll start again with a plan.
I have taken the time to put together some reminders for myself that may be helpful to you when you run into problems with perspective. Check out the Resource section of my website for a quick refresher on one, two and three point perspective. Don't give up on those good ideas that aren't turning out properly. Just set them aside; because, one day, when you're working on something unrelated, your mind will make a link between something you just learned and that old painting that wasn't working and you can now bring that old drawing to real life with the new insights you've acquired through patient practice of your art.
It is the job of the artist to work their job like any other. Every morning we must wake, dress and put ourselves in the chair. We must take up our paint brushes, pencils, paper and erasers and start again. Today may be the day the painting or drawing comes out better than hoped. It may also be a learning day. Learning not to overwork a watercolor. Learning not to erase too hard. Learning that this red and that yellow do not make the desired orange. It is the job of the artist to show up anyway. We paint and draw in the hope that we will be present, and our skills sufficient, when a work of art is ready to be born that contains some truth that will transcend today and be relevant to a world that craves hope, insight and inspiration. I remind myself this because I have been ill and can't seem to get to the chair and take up the tools and make anything I would want another to see. I must do it anyway, because it's my job. It is also my job to learn to build this website and use social media and engage the public; because, what use is art that is never seen?
Sherry Barrett is an active artist who takes inspiration from great works of literature, historical figures, and wise people.