Coffee cups, mail and cereal boxes

I have been drawing from the time I was little. Sometimes I drew a lot and at other times, not so much. The same pattern continues today. I drew things on newspapers, old diaries, envelopes lying on the table waiting to be checked…anything. These things often get discarded and you end up losing a frame from the narrative of your most favourite story- your own life.

I began recording my surroundings as drawings in a journal a few years ago and the randomness of the subject adds to the charm of flipping through. One day, a coffee cup captures your fancy and the next day you draw a scene at your marketplace. Sometimes an old key occupies a whole spread in your journal and a thumbnail sketch of a garden seems alright.

I was unaware of the oddities that collected on the breakfast table until I drew them.
I was unaware of the oddities that collected on the breakfast table until I drew them.

This was a quick sketch I had done in a regular 0.5 black pen. I always draw directly in pen except when I’m doing large scenes and want to narrate a story just as I had imagined- pencil lines are safer that way. While sketching, if a line doesn’t seem quite right, I re-draw it and the ‘mistakes’ add to the sketchiness.

Who doesn't love cookies! Tins ad boxes are nice to look at and draw but the print can be tricky to capture in a quick sketch.
Who doesn’t love cookies! Tins and boxes are nice to look at and draw but the print can be tricky to capture in a quick sketch.

Little trinkets and knick-knacks, usually collected over a lifetime, remind us of people and times lost. Nothing in life is as predictable as a straight line so why should the sketches in a journal pretend to be in-control? Let it go.

Some things from the bathroom- Perfume oil, shampoo, face cleanser, shower cap...
Some things from the bathroom- Perfume oil, shampoo, face cleanser, shower cap…

What are some of the things you like sketching? Have you noticed the stuff on your dining table? Do leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you.

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