Week 3: Cheers! by Sunnyside

Cheers!, by Sunnyside, December 30, 2021

What I Want to Practice:

  • Finding a starting place
  • Using gestural drawing to map out the composition on the page.
  • Using correct proportion
  • Understanding perspective
  • Using contour lines for emphasis
  • Experimenting with eraser for highlights
  • Knowing when to stop (exercise vs finished drawing)

My Plan

  • Watch video in full, then try to draw using only reference photo. (don’t look, Chris).
  • Use an HB pencil, charcoal pencil, vinyl eraser, kneaded eraser, and blender
  • After drawing, watch video again and see where I need more work
  • Try again later, maybe experimenting with grey toned paper


  • Oh dear….a blotchy mess. I am using leftover art supplies from my children from way too many years ago. The paper in the 5″x 8″ notebook has no tooth. The charcoal stick (labelled soft) is scratching my paper, not blending. Umm…probably cheap charcoal, too. (Excuses, excuses…! 😉)
  • I nixed the charcoal and just used HB and 2B graphite pencils.
  • Likewise, my vinyl eraser smudged more than erased. I tried cleaning it on some sandpaper, but that just made the edge more dull, so I was not able to reproduce the sharp highlights to make the glass sparkle. Using a white pastel pencil definitely did not help…
  • The bottom of the wineglass is a mess.
  • I tried to do some curtain folds in the background, but nothing would blend. It looks more like wallpaper. Need to practice this.
  • The stem is crooked on the right side, and the table line is curiously curvy. Just like Week 2, I did not even see this until I uploaded the photo.

What I Learned

  • Don’t use children’s art supplies. Really.
  • I need proper paper and a good eraser with a sharp diagonal edge.
  • Improvising is a good skill to practice.
  • Do not use pastel pencils over graphite. (!)
  • A charcoal stick is not the same as a graphite stick….(give me grace, I am a beginner lol)
  • I would like to experiment with white graphite and white charcoal pencils.
  • Next project: Do what Chris Ludke would do – pour wine into goblet, draw from life, enjoy!

Thanks for Visiting 🙂


14 Comments Add yours

  1. lfpessemier says:

    Find the part of painting you like and do best and emphasize that….it is your STYLE. While it’s nice to know how to do a bit of everything, accentuate the positive.

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    1. Wise advice! Perfectionism will not serve me well as I learn. Thanks for visiting, Ifpessemier 🙂

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  2. stolzyblog says:

    well — you’re way harder to please than me; I’d be happy with this for sure 🙂

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  3. This is beautiful! The way you captured different parts of the glass is really impressive

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    1. Aww…thanks for the encouragment, JYP. 🙂


  4. As with every other skill, you have to keep working at it to improve and some day become a master at it. You’ve done very well for your first attempt at drawing a glass of wine.

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    1. That is the silver lining – I have time to try things that bring me joy. Thank you, Rosaliene. 🙂

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  5. chris ludke says:

    Nice sketch! The good thing about art is that you can start at any time in your life and see progress the more time you spend on it. You can put it down if life gets in the way and you can pick back up where you left off without losing what you learned.

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    1. Great advice! You will notice my ‘weeks’ are not exactly by the clock…lol….I decided I can be on my own time/space continuum now. Life DOES get in the way, but returning to things that bring me joy happens (eventually) now. I guess this is one of the perks of aging. 🙂

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      1. chris ludke says:

        Yeah, there’s a good reason they call it golden years. Rock on!!

        Liked by 1 person

  6. cindy knoke says:

    Health & Happiness to you in 2022!

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