So I found it difficult representing an apple on days nine and ten. Today’s task was to draw a vegetable. Choice in my fridge was potato, carrot, brussel sprouts, root ginger or a partially eaten soft round lettuce (that kind that is limp and floppy). I started imaging drawing lots of sprouts, but got the image in my head confused with grapes, so decided to try the lettuce
I noticed that yesterday someone had posted some preliminary drawings, so decided to try some myself. I also looked up ‘how to draw a lettuce’ and came across a charming blog about following Ruskin’s drawing primer. So, I drew the lettuce in the hope I would understand the way the shapes worked.
Studio temperature was still only ten centigrade by the time I had done this, so I waited until it hit 12C, dressed warmly and went out with the lettuce to try with the black powder. I seemed to find it easy to lose track of the main segmenting of the lettuce – the thick ribs of the leaves seem obvious but I still managed to muddle myself. I stopped when I got too cold to carry on, came in and ate the lettuce. Beginning to be a bit of a theme, eating the subject. I wonder what tomorrow’s topic will be.
I did let myself have a postcard sized piece of glass (10x15cm) for this challenge rather than the 5x10cm. I couldn’t imagine getting anything lettuce-like on such a tiny narrow piece of glass. I used the small piece of glass I had intended to use today to do a drawing of myself as a toddler – tricky as the intense shadows made it look like I had black hair across my face and blond curls on top of my head. It is all good practice at knowing how to look and using the glass powder.
I used the inter-dental brush for most of the work today, and also the toothpick.