My recent Cuppa experiments....

February 28, 2014 | Leave your thoughts


I just realised today that I never scanned my first home teacup of the year… done a few days after my return from Singapore… and well, I am pretty happy this sketch. Painting first and a few lines later… what more can I say…

I have been continuing to experiment using the tried and true subject of a cup and saucer in the past few weeks.


Here is another version painting first and then only a little ink lines later.


Was extremely excited by this version of the yellow cup. I have drawn this cup so many times but this one is VERY different! No idea exactly what I did… but I can confirm that I was in a state of play when I did it.


This one is a little inky… but I was testing out the De Atramentis ink in my sailor pen and drawing into the water paint…


I have been trying to achieve some softer greys in recent times… using Cerulean blue a lot now. Also I was working very quickly and wet with this one. A softer look.


Warming up for some illustration work…. not sure that I have to warmup to do a teacup sketch, I know. I was also using some different colours.


And finally… totally different!?!…

I have been watching some Charles Reid DVDs lately and they always inspire me to test something out… so what better thing to do after 10pm at night as I am about to take my cup out to the kitchen to wash up….but another version of that pink cup.

This current sketchbook of mine has WAY more cuppa sketches than normal (and that is saying something) … I start every day with writing a few verses from what I read (I am reading through the whole bible in a year this year for those of you that are interested) and then at some point during the day I drag myself away from my work to have a short break, and a cuppa… and well the sketch just seems to happen. Having this subject matter that is easily tackled in the time it takes me to drink my pot of tea means that I always can sneak a sketch in…

But I hope that you can see that I am not doing the same old thing… even though the subject matter IS!


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