Loosening up

Loosening up - student project

My aim for each drawing was to develop a loose, bold line that rapidly captured the item I was observing. My selection of objects were mostly manmade and on reflection they are particularly unforgiving of sloppy horizontals and verticals or wobbly circles, even the shells demand a degree of accuracy for their geometry.

Lately I've been doing a lot of drawings with a fine nib pen and getting more into detail, this challenge for me was about flipping that and exploring a different style. Mostly I used materials (paintbrush, brush pen, sharpie marker, chisel tip marker, charcoal) that would limit my ability to get detailed so that I would pay more attention to the overall shape. 

Loosening up - image 1 - student project

Day 1 - milkpan

Day 2 - Monstera/Swiss Cheese plan

Day 3 - salt and pepper mills, mistakenly drawn on good quality paper intended for a different project!

Loosening up - image 2 - student project

Day 4 - swoop bowl. The blob of orange was because I'd wiped a brush from another project on it to test the colour, but as the bowl is decorated with orange fish I was interested to see how the blob would work :-). 

Day 5 - corkscrew

Loosening up - image 3 - student project

Day 6 - juicer

Day 7 - camcorder

Loosening up - image 4 - student project

Day 8 - blood pressure monitor

Day 9 - character jug of no particular value but great age

Day 10 - ceramic figurine of Tramp from Lady & the Tramp

Loosening up - image 5 - student project

Day 11 - the candlestick of lost souls, or something

Day 12 - a mix of sea shells

Day 13 - a stuffed dog doorstopper gift that I never use as a doorstopper because I don't need to wedge any of my doors open...

Day 14 - a bluetooth speaker

I ought to confess that for the last couple of days I forgot to set a timer so I just guessed at how much time I'd taken.

I was also reminded how tricky I find reflective exercises, so my scores may not be very meaningful. Usually I don't spot the flaws until I take a photo, which somehow highlights where the proprtions and perspective have gone awry. 

I found the challenge useful for opening my eyes to drawable items all around me. My list carried on beyond 14 days so I may continue doodling as a daily warm-up. My perfectionist self wants to "finish" all of these, but my intention is to keep at them in this loose, unfinished way and see what emerges.