As promised… here is a giveaway for everyone!
How to Draw a Teacup is an instruction I have put together containing the things I think about when I sketch a teacup. And "embrace the wonkiness" is one of them. No perfect ellipses in this sheet!
Please feel free to share and if you want to print out you can download a pdf.
Click to download How to Draw a Teacup as a pdf
I just want to say thank you to all the people that left lovely comments on my "Pink Melbourne Cup" giveaway post. Over 250 - totally blew me away. I am so excited by hearing from many old time blog followers and having lots of new ones join too. And I feel very humbled by all your comments - thank you!!!!!! I really feel like I have received WAY MORE than I was giving away.
Looking forward to packaging up my teacup to Teresa and sending to Portugal.
This page shows how my architectural brain wants to understand the form of the teacup and saucer in a VISUAL way. I am not drawing technically using perspective setups but I have studied the geometries of the shapes in front of me. In particular - notice the setout of the saucer. It is normally higher than the foot of the cup - once I had this ah ha moment I found it easier to work out what was going wrong at times.
I know some of you will have your own way of drawing ellipses... I would be delighted if you added these to this post.... this page summarises my personal way that I have developed for the unique application of tea and saucer. I suppose one could say I have had a bit of practice at this subject matter!
I know many people say 'just draw what you see' and while I totally agree with that… if you have a little visual understanding it helps you see better. I am not thinking 'cup' and 'saucer' - which is normally called 'drawing what you THINK you see' - I am looking at the geometries of the shapes I SEE.
This is the basis of the way I approach sketching - why I am able to sketch quickly… and it is the way I teach sketching.
I like to teach as visually as possible often using diagrams and notated sketches. And this is the basis for my upcoming Sketching Now course. Join my mailing list, if you haven't already done so, to keep up to date with the latest news.
I am heading to Brazil very shortly for the Urban Sketchers Symposium but there will be more details when I get back.
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