The Unintended Drawing

Black ink and watercolour drawing of jewellery

I sat down yesterday thinking that it would be nice to do a quick drawing of a group of objects. Something simple. Not buttons or keys because I’d done both of those recently. Eventually I decided to open up the little jewellery box that used to belong to my Gran and draw some of the things in there.

Some of them are things that I bought or acquired (like the badge from when I was a Brownie) and other things in there were what I inherited with the jewellery box (like the bracelet and the rings).

No sooner had I started drawing the bracelet than I wondered what I’d got myself into. This wasn’t the quick, simple drawing I’d intended at all. It was intricate and time-consuming. But I’d started it so I was committed.

I drew the outlines in short bursts throughout the afternoon and added the colour today.

It’s not my favourite drawing and I didn’t enjoy drawing it as much as I’d hoped. It felt like a bit of a chore at times and I got a splodge of green paint right in the middle of it just as I’d almost finished too. But it turned out better than I thought it might and it’s finished now so I can move on to something that might be a bit simpler and quicker.

7 thoughts on “The Unintended Drawing

  1. Jayleen Zotti Reply

    There is so much detail there! Great work!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thank you :).

  2. jenna Reply

    It’s so interesting though in its details; it’s a shame you didn’t enjoy doing it more.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thanks Jenna. I think maybe it was just the wrong subject for that day. Perhaps I’ll try something similar again in the future and enjoy it much more :).

  3. Cathy Holtom Reply

    I love all the details, great sketch!

  4. SeanMichael Gettys Reply

    Nice drawing and I like the randomness yet dedication to finish. You mention the unintended green splotch of paint. When that happens to me I try to let it take me in a new and unexpected direction instead of judging it as wrong. Maybe the painting needed some random splotches of color in the background

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      That is a very good point and something I’ll try to remember in future when ‘mistakes’ happen. Watercolour paints can often be a bit unpredictable and that’s something that I like so it makes sense to go with that unpredictability, however it shows itself. Thanks for the suggestion.

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