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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Wheel


Last night, I checked to see what this week's prompt for Illustration Friday was.  "Wheel".   Hmm... I was rather uninspired, but hoped something would come to me in my sleep.  Instead, I dreamed of wind and snow.  No help.

So I thought maybe I'd do something wheelish in relation to groundhogs or Superbowls.  Again, nothing came to me.

I looked at some cool photos of ferris wheels and carousels that would have made nice paintings or drawings, but... ugh... couldn't bring myself to tackle any of them.  The reason?

I don't like drawing circly curvy things.  I mean, sure, there's gonna be curves, but I just wasn't up to having them be the predominant feature of an artplay.  Illustration Fridays are for freehand (my rule), and drawing big circles freehand seems too much like WORK.

So in the end, I decided to rebel and pay homage to a handy workhorse for those times when it absolutely, postively has to be round.  Our friend the drafting compass.  I thought I might do a fancy schmancy one, like architects  use, but then came across a reference for the humble mass produced version from our school days.

Steampunk compass!
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13 comments:

Guano said...

Wow. That's an EXCELLENT rendition. So real as though you can actually pick it up & adjust it.

FWIW, this guy won a circle drawing contest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAhfZUZiwSE

terri said...

You're always so creative with your Illustration Friday (on Saturday) projects. I love how you avoid the expected.

This drawing is SO realistic! Wow, you're good!

Anonymous said...

Abby! That is fabulous! I wish I had half of your talent. I have to draw a poster for work (long story), and ended up calling Amp up to help. I can NOT translate what's in my head, or what I am seeing to paper.
Anyway, I am really impressed with this! Like Guano said - it looks so real!

Abby said...

What a champ! Who knew there was a circle drawing competition?! And... is that calculus on the board??

Abby said...

Thanks :D. And yeah, I like how you put it - "avoid the unexpected" as opposed to "waaaah, I don't wanna draw a circle!"

Abby said...

Gosh, thanks. I was so at a loss what to do, and this ended up being strangely fun.

Stacey Merrill said...

love your spin on the prompt :)

Jutta Richter said...

Wonderful, realistic drawing!

Linda Hensley said...

Sometimes our best ideas can be the result of trying to avoid instructions. Really nicely done. I can smell the wood shavings from the little pencil sharpener I used to have when I used one of these :)

agg79 said...

They're right, it looks very real. That old school compass reminds me of the ones I used in school. In college I upgraded to a high end K&E set that I still have today. I remember all those hours I spent in drafting classes sketching 3D perspectives. And this was decades before AutoCad.

Anita said...

I'm with the others - it's a great image; right down to the shadows and the "must have" sharp points of the compass and its pencil. I still have a coupla in my not-so-junky drawer in the kitchen, ready for me or one of the kids to use.

LL Cool Joe said...

I love this drawing. The shadows add so much as well.

Koosje Koene said...

Great idea! Soclever. And a beautiful drawing!