Have you ever reached for a particular spice or seasoning and found the jar sitting on the shelf way in the back of your cupboard empty? It makes me want to yell every time it happens to me. Maybe it was because I was looking for something to sketch but, this jar actually had something in it. I love using bay leaves when I’m making pasta sauce, lasagna, chilli…the list goes on. Can you tell, I’m a little bit hungry but, let’s get back to avoiding cooking by looking for things to sketch.
This particular bay leaf jar caught my eye. I picked it up, placed it on the kitchen table, and admired the shadow and reflections of the glass and aluminum. Lights, camera… and off I went into the serene, comfortable, world of creativity! Even if I don’t like what appears in this sketch, it can be fixed.
How I Sketched This Spice Jar:
I never showed you all this before. Here’s an image of the pencils I used for the last few sketches. They work well but, I promise practicing your art skills is far more important than the pencils you use. If you love to draw, or sketch just go for it! Don’t let anything stop you from creating. Sorry, no image of the eraser here but, it did manage to get into the video. I was slick with it in this video. You’ll only see it if you watch really carefully.
I started out by outlining the whole jar with the 2H pencil while taking into account the details that showed through the jar. I did this knowing there would inevitably be some trial and error. See, drawing glass is tricky for me. I think it’s because I have to decide if what I’m seeing is shadow, light, or reflections from the glass. It casts the brightest reflections depending on how much light is around you. Yeah, it’s just as hard to explain as it is to draw.
Once I finished sketching the outline of the jar, I began shading in the inside of the jar lightly and then deepening the shading using the 6B pencil. This pencil can be quite unforgiving. I always wait until I’m sure I like what I’ve drawn before using it. Then I used my 4B pencil to shade the circular indented sides. While drawing in the dried Bay Leaves I realized I had to make them look almost like imperfectly folded sheets of paper. In other words, each leaf had to have a little bit of space in between. Using the darker shading under each leaf helped guide me.
The bottom of the glass jar had little dots on it. I thought it was a nice detail so I added it in. It’s the little details that really bring art to life. My favourite part of this sketch was definitely the lid of the jar. It was a lot of fun shading it in to show how the light bounced off it. At times, I have a tendency of overshading but, erasing a little bit away and adjusting always helps.
From there, I touched up the glass reflections on the table. Which was how the finished product really came to life. Once again, I went over the whole sketch and shaded in all the darker areas of the spice jar. This was so that the lighter areas would pop more. Overall it gave the sketch even more depth.
We all have our own way of making realistic art. My question for you is, how do you make your art realistic?
Try it and see. It’s the objects that call you to sketch them that turn out the best so go for it! To watch this artwork come to life go to my YouTube Channel or if you’d prefer, I’ve recently joined TikTok.
Well, now that I’ve finished sketching and my belly is rumbling time to cook dinner! New post coming up on October 25th, Take care!