This is one of those commissions that doesn’t photograph well! I swear it looks better in person!
This is a sketch called Crusher, done with a basic #2 pencil in my moleskin sketchbook, of one of my boys’ favorite toys. There are obvious flaws, but I just went with it since I had a rare amount of time where my boys were entertained and busy and weren’t interrupting me for this and that. Actually the part I love the most is the foremost wheel on the right side. I’m not sure why. I’ve always enjoyed circular forms, and explored them quite a bit in my undergraduate art program.
I started this with a prompt from a book I picked up from the library, titled The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss. I sort of intended on picking up books here and there and experimenting with them, starting a thread on my blog reviewing the book. The first prompt was to draw circles, or look for circles around you for inspiration. Can you find the circles in this sketch? The book itself I feel is less for the schooled artist, and more for those who enjoy it as a hobby and form of craft over fine art. That’s just my thoughts so far. I will attempt a few more prompts from the book before divulging a formal review.