I Declare This Drawing Finished!

Black pen drawing of scattered keys

It seems like ages ago since I started this drawing. It was a homework from Andrea‘s klass during the most recent semester of Sketchbook Skool, which ran during July and August.

I kept adding a bit to it each day for a while and then Drawing August came along so this took a back seat for a while. I finally came back to it again yesterday and realised that at some point I would have to decide that this drawing was complete.

I added the keyring this morning and immediately regretted it and then I added about 4 more keys to the drawing to balance things out a bit before declaring the drawing finished.

I scanned it in colour mode and it’s interesting to see not only how the cross hatching has become a bit bleached out but how the different black inks show up as slightly different colours. Other than a few ballpoint pens, I used a multiliner on one key (and decided that that was a mistake) plus some black and grey coloured pencil to add some softness and to do the final shadows under each key.

As before, you can click on the drawing to see a higher-resolution version of it on my Flickr.

15 thoughts on “I Declare This Drawing Finished!

  1. Joy @ Joyfully Green Reply

    Always interesting to read how an artist thinks while creating, Cathryn, and the finished work is lovely.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      I’m glad you found it interesting Joy. I was worried that I was just rambling :).

  2. Hayley-Eszti Reply

    It’s so good! Well done πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thanks Hayley. I always appreciate your encouragement :).

  3. Lyle @ The Joy of Simple Reply

    Awesome work Cathryn πŸ™‚

    I have begun drawing again after a 40 year hiatus and your work gives me inspiration to continue.

    Thanks for sharing your talent with us all and take care.

    All the best.


    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thanks Lyle. It’s great to hear that you’ve rediscovered drawing again. I hope you’re enjoying it! πŸ™‚

      1. Lyle @ The Joy of Simple Reply

        I am enjoying it. I recently drew a portrait of Montreal Canadians goalie Carey Price for a friends 15 year old daughter, and she loved it!! πŸ™‚

        I also like the idea of creating something by hand to give as a gift than buying something that may, or may not, mean anything personal.

        Take care.


  4. Jayleen Zotti Reply

    Amazing! The keys just pop right off the page! It’s interesting to hear you inner dialogue about your creation!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thanks Jayleen. It’s always useful/reassuring to get feedback – about the pictures and what I’ve written!

  5. Andrew James Reply

    Knowing when to stop is the hardest thing; too often I just keep pointlessly crosshatching. You’ve got it perfectly here – a great picture!

    1. Beth Berman Reply

      Wow. That is really a wonderful sketch.

      1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

        Thank you Beth!

    2. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      You are right about it being hard. Andrea suggested holding up the drawing and viewing it in a mirror to give a different perspective on it and I think that really helped me to check that it was balanced as a composition. Thank you!

  6. Jules Williamson Reply

    i just love that you’ve captured the metallic ‘shininess’ of the keys! Well done!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Phew! I’m glad you think so – thanks! πŸ™‚

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