The fact that the saying “my cup of tea” refers to
Something or someone that one finds pleasing
says it all for me!
Drawing and drinking cups of tea is certainly my cup of tea. And for that matter, so is sitting down with a friend over a cuppa having a really good catch up. Although writing this blog often feels somewhat one-sided – yes, I know I do a lot of talking in any situation or platform – I do often feel as if it is like having a cuppa with YOU!
This week, being my week in Seeing on Sketchbook Skool means that I have a truly legitimate excuse to sketch teacups. So here are the few that I have done this week…
Above: a version of my green cup trying to get cascade green to perform!
Below: a very experimental version of my Peacock Cup (with dispersing ink), a very slow and somewhat tame version of my Orange SketchingNow cup, and a completely crazy splashy and gouache-y version of my ‘Barcelona’ cup. All three cups are challenging for me to draw. Why?
- the shape of the saucer needs careful setup. If any of you think that an ellipse is hard, try a shape like this!
- the peacocks ‘need’ to look like peacocks
- the detail on the face demands that I slow down and work small and tight
- the detail is small and fiddly, with thin light coloured lines over dark backgrounds
- hard to get a quick wet in wet shade for the orange without creating brown
- extra pressure because I love the cup so much
- once again, fine detail and light on a dark background.
- the overall geometric pattern is ‘easy’ but how to deal with all the small shapes in a loose way.. ah I love a challenge
- once again, extra pressure because I love the cup so much
The major factor in why all these cups are challenging is TIME! I try to do my sketch while I am having a small pot of tea (2 cups worth). If time was unlimited, I would have no trouble working up a careful rendering of each of these complex patterns with careful setup and fine brush strokes, wash and after. But… I do think that the ability to drink (hot tea) and draw at the same time is VERY important as the enjoyment of the tea does add a life and joy to the sketch! So because of this, these cups are a delightful stretch for me!
Anyway, enough about me…
The big question that I want to ask you is: Do you have a subject that is your cup of tea?
Do you have a subject that you have sketched numerous times? Why?
Do you get bored drawing it numerous times – if not, why not?
Do you use it as a subject matter to challenge yourself – in what ways?
Really looking forward to hearing from you … and hope that I am not the only one that obsessively draws the same thing over and over again.