Monday, 12 January 2009

Crushed Can


(2B mechanical pencil, A5 sketchbook)

In another attempt to return to the practice of drawing and sketching, I've recently joined the Everyday Matters group. My hope is that, by at least attempting the weekly challenge set there, I might re-establish the sketching habit.

The latest Challenge is "No. 205 - Draw a soda can." I don't drink anything as awful as soda, but this is an American Ginger Ale can, crushed after doing service with a measure of golden rum. I intended to put on some of the printing, but decided in the end that I liked it without.

28 comments:

Spinneretta said...

Lovely shading job :)

gregjoens said...

Very nice... I like it a lot. - Greg

winna said...

This looks mysterious and perhaps an overlooked clue in an investagation. May go well with Rum...for me coke is too sweet with it...

rachelhoward said...

Love the lighting. Nice job.

harrybell said...

Thanks, everyone. I enjoyed the challenge.

seesue said...

You've done an excellent job on a very interesting angle. I love your style.

harrybell said...

Thanks, seesue. I hope you'll call back again.

Yvette said...

You did a real good job on the can. I try to do at least one sketch a day. BTW, I am hoping you have heard Leonard Cohen's back on boogie street. One of my favorites.
Yvette

harrybell said...

Yvette - a sketch a day would be wonderful, although I do have to maintain my main painting work. The great Leonard Cohen song is the origin of my blog's title. You'll see that some of the headings in the sidebar are song titles of his, too.

anne m bray said...

very dramatic...
makes me want to go smush my own can and draw

Isn't ginger ale soda?

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

yeah, really nice.

harrybell said...

Anne -- technically, yes, ginger ale is soda, in that it's carbonated, but I think of it as a mixer. "Soda" or"pop" as I would call it, I think of as Coke, Sprite, Dr Pepper ...

Andrea -- having seen your work, I appreciate the compliment.

vickylw said...

Wonderfully interesting sketch! I don't drink soda at all, but ginger ale sounds good --- think I'd like a bit of cranberry juice in mine!

Ricardo Sérgio said...

This drawing is amazing. very good. Love it.

Anonymous said...

Nice work. Good shading, shadows, good all around job.
Best wishes,
Trish

harrybell said...

Thanks Vicky, Ricardo and Trish. Welcome to you all.

Lynn said...

Hi Harry, ginger ale rules! Thanks for your comment on my blog. As for the umbrella reference - the British call umbrellas "brollys".

harrybell said...

Oh, come now. "Brolly" is only a colloquialism; we do use the proper term quite often :)

Hovawart said...

Ginger ale IS soda, but I also make an exception for ginger, drinking-wise--but in my case, I like ginger beer.

If that were my drawing, I would be doing the Happy Dance all over the house.

harrybell said...

Thanks, Hovawart, maybe you can indulge in a little vicarious Happy Dancing. I like ginger beer, too, but only if it's Fentimans.

E-J said...

I drink plenty of things as awful as soda. :)

This is an extremely nice drawing. The light on the top of the can is spot-on.

harrybell said...

Believe me, E-J, I fully support your right to drink as much soda as you want.

Glad you like the drawing.

Hovawart said...

Oh, dear, I went all the way to London this spring and missed learning about Fentimans! Guess I'll have to go back...although the website says I should be able to find it here, now, I haven't seen it yet.

harrybell said...

I have to declare a partisan interest in Fnetimans, because the firm started in my home town of Gateshead. When I was a boy, we used to get weekly deliveries from the back of the Fentimans "pop lorry" :0)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely AMAZING...
Wow. I hope artists really appreciate your defined ilustration!

harrybell said...

Thanks; yes, it seems to have been popular.

Anonymous said...

hi,
I would like to know how to draw this piece but simplier for someone like me. please can u help i need it for the 31/1/12
thank you from
A blogger

harry bell said...

Too late.