Sketch 3: Conversion to Drill-ology


This was a long process. The final art may be simple and easy, but the actual thought process was really difficult. After hearing about this sketch, I immediately thought of a few ideas. But I went about it the wrong way. I thought about things that I had that I could use for this sketch, as well as what they could be drawn as. But the ideas just wouldn’t roll out. I would get something, but I couldn’t think of any item to use with it. So I began thinking the other way, I looked around my room and tried to find things I could use and how to incorporate them into something realistic that I could draw. Yet, I still wasn’t coming up with anything. All my ideas were too big, and I couldn’t think of everyday occurrences that I could use these items on. So I continued to mull over it day after day. I had to balance it with chemistry studying and other homework, but I kept it in the back of my mind. But it was becoming too close to the deadline.

Finally, something clicked today. I was listening to a podcast, and one of the guys was ranting about the construction they had to endure every time at an airport, as well as in their city in general. I loved the ranting, and it got me thinking about construction. It also just so happened that I was looking at a converter that I recently bought for my headphones to plug into my keyboard.

It looked strangely like a drill.

Now came the difficult part. Drawing the construction drill. Firstly, I had to get an idea of the scale of the actual drill relative to rest of the drill. It had to be relatively even, but not too much more thick or thin. The person was also a difficult assignment, one that I’m not completely happy with. Another difficulty is that I’ve become so accustomed to drawing digitally that I realized I “forgot” (temporarily) many of the techniques I had learned from my years of art lessons. Things such as pencil pressure and shading techniques were much easier on digital art, for I had so many more options for colors and such. However, in real life, I was stuck with 24 colored pencils instead of my typical 100 pencil arsenal. It turned out a lot more plain than I wanted it to. And my style noticeably changes from digital to paper.

However, I still think the idea was a lucky one, and I’m still somewhat satisfied with my sketch. However, can an artist really ever be satisfied with their work?

Link to Original Sketch Assignment

Sketch 3: Sunday Sketches

mage search for "christoph niemann sunday sketches"

Due: 2/11
Tag: sk3
Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, artist, and author whose work regularly appears in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. He’s got a mixed media series that he calls “Sunday Sketches,” in which he takes some object from his surroundings and creates a sketch on the page around it. Some of the best such works he's included in his book entitled Sunday Sketching.

Some examples from Niemann's Tumblr:

You can see that each of these pieces is an actual three-dimensional tangible object placed into a drawing on paper to transform that object into something new. Niemann then photographs the resulting sketch to create a two-dimensional artifact.

For your third sketch assignment, I want you to create your own Sunday sketch in a similar style.

  • Take a picture of your sketch and publish it as a post.
  • Give your post a funny or witty title.
  • Write a paragraph or two in which you explain the process whereby you came up with the idea for your Sunday sketch and the choices you made in realizing that idea as an actual sketch.
  • Include a link back to this prompt and tag it “sk3.”