As promised… here is a giveaway for everyone!
How to Draw a Teacup is an instruction sheet 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.
Download PDF File: LizSteel-How-to-draw-a-teacup
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 Sketching Now courses.