Drawing: Inside my Kitchen Cupboard

Drawing of inside a kitchen cabinet, plates, teapots

Kitchen Cupboard Drawing

Following on from last week’s post about using Danny Gregory’s book, this is my latest drawing.

Danny suggests opening your bathroom cabinet and drawing the outline of the objects, shelf by shelf, before filling in some detail.

The idea is to take note of the proportions of the objects and their position in relation to one another.

Black and white sketch of inside a kitchen cabinet
The original drawing before I added colour.

Out of Space

My paper ran out before I could finish the bottom shelf, which is a bit of a shame as it seems that this shelf probably had the most interesting things on it.

Again, I’ve scanned in the drawing and coloured it in the computer.

I took a photograph of the same scene and used the colour picker to select colours for the drawing so that they matched as closely as possible.


I didn’t go as far as adding much shading and stuck to flat colours as it was time (and energy) consuming enough to get this far really.

I don’t think I’ll be drawing such detailed things on a daily basis. I prefer the idea of working on smaller drawings that I can complete a bit quicker so maybe if I repeated this I’d focus on one of the objects on the shelf, rather than the whole cupboard. I do think this was a useful exercise though and I’m quite pleased with the result.

London: Guardian of the City

Cast iron dragon from behind with cranes in the distance

I think since the 1960s the City of London’s boundaries have been marked by small cast iron statues of dragons on top of stone pillars.

Along with another fiercer-looking dragon at Temple Bar, they are dotted around in order to let you know when you’re leaving the wider area of London and entering the square mile that is known among other things for being the financial district.

To find out more about the difference between the City of London and the city named London I’d recommend you watch this video. It explains it much more clearly than I could!

Drawing Bread: Danny Gregory’s Creative License

Drawing of a slice of bread

(Re)learning to Draw

Following a recommendation from members of the Sustainably Creative forum I went to the library a couple of weeks ago and borrowed a copy of Danny Gregory’s The Creative License, which I’ve been very slowly working my way through and I’m really enjoying it.

At school I always enjoyed Art and had originally planned to work towards a creative career of some kind but in the end went down a slightly more academic (but still enjoyable)  path.

I did, however, do an A Level in Fine Art but unfortunately haven’t really done much drawing or painting since then.

Danny Gregory’s book has been really encouraging because it’s all about allowing yourself ‘to be the artist you truly are’, without worrying about making mistakes along the way, which is helpful if you’re totally new to drawing (or a perfectionist).

I’m going to buy a copy of this book now so that I can keep referring back to it, as there’s a lot of really useful and interesting stuff in there.

Black and white outline of a slice of bread
The original drawing before I added colour.

Posting my Progress

I’m also planning on posting on here as a way to document my progress as I work through this book.

That’s why there’s a slice of bread at the top of this post! This was a task from chapter 1 of The Creative License, which suggested drawing a bagel but anything bread-like (and with lots of seeds/bits) was ok and I had a slice of granary bread so went with that.

I found it quite painstaking and had to keep taking short breaks to avoid losing patience and concentration but I was pleased with the result so I scanned it into my computer and used Gimp to add some colour to it.

Doing the colouring part was a steep learning curve in itself but I think it’s turned out ok, especially for a first attempt at that kind of thing.

Have you used any of Danny Gregory’s books or come across any other useful books on drawing/creativity?

London: Harris Hawk

Harris hawk sitting on a black rail

Sometimes I find I’m too tired to go out taking photographs or to go exploring different areas so I look for things closer to home, or even inside my home to photograph.

Occasionally something will come to me, which makes life a lot easier!

I saw this hawk being flown where we live over the residents garden last week and when the handler saw me running around inside and grabbing my camera he walked closer to our flat and got the hawk to land on the railing just outside our window.

I was in a bit of hurry so took a few photos through a closed window and cropped this one down a bit to get rid of the worst of the reflections, although you can still se a bit of our curtain in the top right part of the picture.