I could just as easily have called this Start with Sprouts. This challenge was responsible for getting me sketching more than I ever had and I thought I’d suggest some ways you too can expand your drawing capabilities. Cabbages are very good for these exercises too.
Most houses have some veg or fruit in them and they’re great for some simple drawing techniques.
First pick your vegetable, a pencil and paper. I’m using watercolour quality as I’ll finish off mine with a bit of paint but you don’t have to. You might eventually get a bit obsessive with different pencils but to begin, any pencil will do. It’s the technique and practice that’s important not the finished article at this point.
Ponder your object. Then, with your pencil on the paper and only looking at the object, draw what you see without taking your pencil off the paper or your eye off the object. You can go as slow or long as you like but beyond five minutes and I tend to give up. Others might not.
Next, stare at your object for five minutes. Then, without looking at the object anymore, draw it for the second time.
There is another exercise I do but not with these Brussels sprouts as they’re not really suitable. I’ll explain when I choose another fruit or veg to draw later in the month.
We’re nearly there. Now draw the object as you would expect to, referring back and forth from object to paper. You can, if you fancy, colour this one and and finish it with a bolder line.
Here’s mine. Remind me to take the photo’s in full sun next time.
My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about err, I had every post topic then I changed my mind, It was going to be about Peterborough Cathedral since that’s my current obsession. This year I have no theme..
Even if you’ve not enjoyed reading this post why not see what the other 1937 are writing about during 2016 AtoZ Blogging challenge. You know.. there’s still a day to enter.. You could join 1938 people world wide for a month of learning some amazing things. I look forward to seeing you back here on Monday though I have little idea of what it will say..
My dad made us eat Brussel sprouts as kids and we hated them. Funny thing is my kids love them.
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I’m having a very slow start this year Stephen. Thanks for being my first commenter.. We’re all a bit funny when it comes to our food and memories and sprouts seem to get the brunt of it. Good luck with your AtoZs.
Great drawing. Thank you. On a somewhat similar note, I love Brussel sprouts, especially grilled. Lovely AZ post.
Thanks Sylvia. I love them so long as they’re not over cooked.
Love your drawings and I also love Brussel sprouts! Expect I am in a minority, but they taste so good sautéed with bacon and white wine with lots of seasoning, my Favourite Xmas dish 🙂
thanks, they’re particularly nice with bacon, agreed
wow you can sketch and draw … i cannot draw a straight line for nuts… although i love sketches and paintings.
Nice sketch of the cathedral and Brussle sprouts too,,.
Looking forward to your sketches.
Al the best with the A to Z 2016
Thanks. I have no idea what my future sketches will be of or like so I’m looking forward to them too 🙂
Excellent tutorial. I have no artistic abilities. Even my stick figures need help. But, this sounds like it’s worth a try. Great ‘B’.
Thanks. If you can draw a triangle, square and circle, believe me you have artistic abilities. It’s then a matter of practice and seeing.
roasted served with bacon, much easier than drawing them, I think we may be in the same boat, flying by the seat of our pants!
Hi Michael, great to see you again. Not managed to pop by yours yet. Will do so soon. Yes we do seat of pants well don’t we. No idea what c will be. Had hoped to get next weeks done today but got sidetracked by life.
Nice little tutorial! I cook brusssel’s sprouts better than I draw them, but I like the idea of practicing drawing with vegetables!
Rebecca at The Ninja Librarian
Thanks Rebecca. That’s what’s great about having drawing as a hobby. You can do it in a few minutes if that’s all you’ve got at home with so many things in the house. You’ve got me thinking about theming the whole AtoZ with vegetable drawing.. hmm.. Might get the cabbage and carrots out for my c..
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