I drew my office chair for the first exercise. In retrospect, I notice that I was not paying close attention because some details are missing (e.g. the plastic on the seat). So next time I'll try to get "deeper" into observation mode.
In the top left drawing is the chair drawn from memory and the others show how I believe the chair would look like from different angles.
I only have one succulent plant in my room with lots of layered leaves on it. So I thought at first that this is going to totally mess me up. The observational part was indeed not that easy because I had to keep track of the leaves I already drew.
In ideational mode the layers of the leaves are much more apparent and it was a lot of fun to draw this. And I was positively surprised when I applied the principle of FACES to draw the succulent in an even more stylized way. I never thought I could simplify a succulent this much and make it look kinda cute at the same time.
I have miscalculated the size needed on the page for my workspace. So I made up the legs of the desk in ideation mode. Also, I should have moved the chair to the side because it obscures part of the desk. In ideation mode, I focused on the desk and just lightly sketched in the chair.
In this instance I actually prefer the drawing in observation mode. I even managed to capture my expression well. Unfortunately, I messed up my legs because my right foot is actually supposed to be behind my left foot. This carried over to the ideation sketch, even though I tried to correct for it. Also, even though I traced the lines better than in the previous sketches, I didn't remember the lines and relationships between them well enough. So I should focus on actually "downloading" the data and not just copying a reference.