365 Days of Art: Day 331 – Drawing a Sleigh Bell

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

So I spelled “bell” “Belle” (as in the Disney Princess), and I’m definitely thinking I need to spend more time with adults.

It’s the Christmas Season, and today I’m drawing a sleigh bell. This is one of three that hang in the door of my guest room, and since I was looking for something with simple lines to draw, I grabbed this. I also grabbed my OttLite. (I think I might need a trademark thingy there.) I wanted to get a definitive light source on this. (My pendant lights give me 3 shadows, and I always end up having to pick one of them.)

My drink of choice tonight is peppermint herbal tea.

This one took a while longer than I thought: about 45 minutes. Getting the shape drawn correctly took longer than I thought it would. I also struggled a bit with shading. It’s not really a sphere. It has curves but flat edges. After what I thought was my initial shading, it still looked flat instead of three dimensional. I changed my thinking and imagined how I would shade it as a sphere, and that helped. I also added more contrast, darkening the darks, which helped as well.

Here it is:

Here is the sleigh bell:

Have a great evening, everyone!


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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