365 Days of Art: Day 329 – Mistake-Ridden Drawing of a Toy Goblet

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

Happy Thanksgiving! And Happy 6th Birthday to my daughter. Yes, today was busy, and I couldn’t get started on any artwork until 10:30. I picked a toy translucent goblet as my subject. I then proceeded to make many mistakes while drawing this thing—all of which I’ve made beforehand and forgot about. Here they are in no apparent order:

  • I couldn’t decide if I was going to draw the cup solid or transparent. I started pretending it was solid and then I tried to draw it transparent. Not good. It doesn’t know what it is. Especially the back inside edge of the cup.
  • I didn’t draw an “axis” before trying to freehand a symmetrical object. It’s crooked. My fault. It would have looked great if I had drawn a center guideline.
  • I didn’t really decide where to put my light source. Yeah, that was great. I had to erase shading on the right and add more in the left. (And backwards in the center.)
  • I didn’t draw the dove to scale. There are supposed to be two dots above it instead of one. I didn’t feel like erasing everything, so I added one dot and kept going.
  • I forgot the shadow, which was the whole point of deciding my light source! I just now realized this as I cropped the picture. I’m so annoyed. And I haven’t had any alcohol today, either….

Long story short, I drew a cup, but rushed through it and forgot several things. However, the reminder is probably the best thing I learned from this, so I will take it.

Here is my crooked cup without a shadow:

I think the angle of my hair gone to the sketchbook made this look more crooked than it is, and it looks out of focus. I will try a better picture tomorrow.

Toodles! I’m off to bed.


About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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