Sunday, November 2, 2008

A challenge

Everyday Matters challenge #195, draw a fork, graphite in my small hand.book journal. This was a tough challenge. Once I began I was immediately sorry that I chose a top view, getting the perspective of the curve on the fork was beyond me, so this looks a bit wonky. Kiddo was watching me work on this and I mentioned the fork was hard for me to draw. "That's why they call it a challenge," she replied.

We purchased this set of stainless flatware in January of 1998. Hubby and I eloped when we married in 1984, so we never went through the process of picking out china and silverware for a wedding gift registry. That was just as well. Those kinds of decisions are a real challenge for me. As you can see, it took me 14 years to decide on this pattern. Some decisions are easy to make, like should I clean the house or work on a drawing? No brainer. Draw, of course. But deciding on something like a silverware pattern that I will have to look at everyday. For years. Now that is a challenge. We were in Raleigh delivering artwork that January weekend in 1998 and spent the evening strolling through a large mall there. When I spotted this stainless set on sale I knew it was the design I could look at day after day and not grow tired of it. The pattern is called Tribeca. The design still pleases me. That and the fact kiddo was born nine months later leads me to believe the planets must have been lined up just right for me that weekend.

16 comments:

Annie said...

This doesn't look wonky at all. You've done it really well.

Waiting... said...

I agree--it looks like a beautiful fork!
This WAS a challenge and I don't think I am as brave as you to post :-)!

Christie said...

Kiddo is very wise! And the fork looks fine to me, good job on the drawing, and picking the pattern.

Mary Timme said...

That's wonky? Oh, my, there is no hope for me! I thought you did a good rendition as stainless is hard to render on paper. Good job in my estimation!

P. S. good to be back to blogging

BMoon said...

Really well done....looks fantastic. Now when i do it it's wonky....haven't even tried this challenge yet. Chicken!

Carol said...

It looks like a real fork to me. Great drawing! The pattern is very pretty!

Luba said...

Very nice! Sometimes it takes a kid to help us with perspective!

freebird said...

It looks good to me. It looks like a shiny metal fork. It doesn't look weird to me either.

Monette Satterfield said...

It looks good! Nice pattern too :)

I've been married about as long as you and we've never picked out any of that stuff. It hasn't had the least bit of negative effect :)

marancat said...

I think this is a great drawing. I know what you mean about the perspective - I found a fork to be a very difficult thing to draw. You have made an excellent job of this and the perspective looks spot on.

E-J said...

And kiddo was born 9 months later? Wow - now that's what I call excitement over a cutlery set! ;-)

You've done a great job of capturing the silveriness and I cannot see the wonk. The idea of drawing a fork gives me the screaming heebie jeebies. Well done for rising to the challenge!

Col said...

Nicely done!

Sandy said...

FF Fabulous Fork!! and nice story to accompany it

Teresa said...

Fork looks great to me... wonderful curves and the soft sheen of metal that makes it look quite realistic. Good job!

Barbara said...

I was drawing a spoon recently and ran into the exact same problem. I wanted to show that the spoon was tipped against the bowl (convex) but it looked like it was leaning (concave). So frustrating! Love your blog.

Ann said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

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