Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Art of a Sketchbook - Friday

:: Ellipse Studies ::

An ellipse is so difficult for me to draw and because of that you'll often see ellipse studies in my sketchbooks.  I usually have a cup of coffee around and it seems to call out to me to sketch the cup.

This photo above was a study .... I think I failed at this attempt.  I can't remember what book I was reading that suggested all these angle studies.

I was much more pleased with this study. Even then I'm not sure how much work like this I would be willing to do prior to putting the image of a cup on  my support.

I apologize for the poor quality of these photos.  I found that when sketching ellipses I tend to sketch lightly ... thinking I might be easier to erase I guess, but, I don't erase in my sketchbooks, so I'm not sure why I sketch ellipses so lightly.

Do you use your sketchbook to study how to draw some particular item?  Noses, faces, cups or maybe trees?  


  1. Ellipses are a challenge indeed. The methodical, mathematical approach is all that seems to work for me to get them to work out.

    You should join in my March Sketch a Day page on my blog. No need to post daily but it encourages sketching to keep up skills.

    My sketchbooks are full of snapshots in a variety of mediums of thoughts, places, people. I work out composition, put down things in the middle of the night as they come to me. They're crazy, messy and work beautifully. :)

  2. I should but your diligence makes me want to!

  3. Anonymous9:39 AM

    I use my sketchbooks to study tiny leaves and flowers and i work out compositions for my future paintings as well.
    I like to have a look at your sketchbooks Nancy.

  4. Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to comment Red Berry ... I love it when the sketchbook is used for future paintings, but, sad to say I don't do this as often as I should.