A Week of Drinks

Black and white line drawings of drinks in cups and glasses

I spent last week documenting everything that I drank. I was inspired to do it after watching Kate Bingaman-Burt‘s TED talk on the ‘Rules of Engagement’.

I’d come across her daily drawings before, which document everything she buys. However, I was pretty sure I wasn’t ready to commit to a project anywhere close to that kind of scale so I went with a week-long one instead.

I’d originally intended to draw all my drinks for the entire 7 days but soon changed my mind and reduced that to 5 days, Monday to Friday. I did miss out two drinks that I had on Friday so substituted them with the first two that I had on Saturday morning.

I think that I was a ‘good little art soldier’ for the week, especially considering that I didn’t always want to do a drawing each time I had a drink, plus I’ve been pretty low on energy lately too.

I’d made a public declaration over on Facebook that I was going to work on this little project so making that commitment meant that I felt that I shouldn’t back out of it.

Sometimes it got a bit boring, especially when I was drawing what looked like the same glass of water that I’d drunk just a couple of hours previously. I was glad that I did it though and if nothing else, it meant that I was pushed to do a little but of drawing each day.

10 thoughts on “A Week of Drinks

  1. jenna Reply

    Definitely a good art soldier. I always fail when I set out to do projects like this for some reason πŸ™‚ I really like how you draw the interiors of the glasses and mugs, especially the last ginger tea.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      I know what you mean, I usually give up with this kind of thing too. I think that having declared on Facebook that I was going to do this for the week meant that I felt a bit more committed to it and that really did help to spur me on a times. πŸ™‚

  2. Alex Tan Reply

    awesome sketches! πŸ˜€

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thanks :).

  3. Kristi Reply

    I love this! I have done series, but not quite as diligently as you have. I don’t think I would even commit to draw every drink (good for you!), but I love all the small pictures on one page and I’ll try something similar. My drawing teacher told our class that if we drew a hand or a foot every day, we’d improve rapidly. I’ll try. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Hello! I’m glad you like this. I quickly realised that drawing every single drink was a huge commitment so although I may do another series of drawings, I’m not sure I’d do something quite on this scale again. However, I agree with your teacher that drawing every day will mean that you improve quickly. Having not drawn regularly for a number of years I’m starting to see improvements in my work after just a few months, which is very encouraging. As well as practice I think perseverance is important so if you do a bad drawing just keep going and you’ll produce another one that you love. Most important of all is that you’re enjoying the process – have fun :).

  4. Deborah Powell Reply

    I commend your dedication to your goal! I can see you are a water drinker! I’m afraid i would have begun cutting down my lquids to avoid having to draw another drink! Bravo! Very nice drawings. Once again, the old adage “practice makes perfect” seems to prevail in matters of artistic pursuit!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thank you very much! Yes, I’m a big water drinker so I got plenty of practice drawing glasses :). I wondered if I might start to drink less in order to avoid drawing quite so much but managed to keep my drinking to more or less its usual level. It was quite a relief to complete the final drawing though!

  5. Hayley-Eszti Reply

    I like this idea, your style of drawing is great too, I love lemon tea πŸ™‚ x Hayley-Eszti

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thank you :).

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