Hi, it's Kristin. I have a set of bowls from the 40s given to me by my great grandmother. They inspired a whole collection of post-war California pottery, but that's another story. For now, I just knew that the set was what I wanted to draw for this month's Bowl theme.
I love how the bowls nest, so I set them on the floor and drew them from above. Just using one pen, it was an exercise in cross hatching. I admire a good cross hatch. I am lacking, but the more I practice, the more improvement I see. It seems that cross hatch techniques are kind of like fingerprints too -- everyone's style is a little different.
Next, I loosened up a bit with a big fat Sharpie pen. I thought the bold pen looked good with the bold shape of the bowls. I wasn't in the mood to realize the drawing with a lot of color, but I couldn't resist a hint at the retro pastel hues of the bowls.
Another great way of looking at a subject is to focus on the negative shape. I set up the bowls so they'd have a nice silhouette, and did a somewhat blind drawing of the spaces between. It turned out completely blah, so I just kept drawing, adding details and curves, and finally beefing up the edges with the Sharpie and adding a cross hatched ground. Sometimes what we set out to draw is not what we end up drawing.
I enjoyed spending some time for a few days with my favorite bowls, and judging by the other posts this month, it looks like the rest of the crew has had fun raiding the shelves too. A humble subject like a favorite cup or bowl is a great vehicle for practicing and developing our skills.