Friday, March 1, 2013

New Eyes: Three Red Chairs

The perspective is out of whack in each of these three drawings of the little red IKEA chair. But there is still a childlike charm conveyed in this page from my sketchbook. I tried a technique of painting first and drawing second. The color is Winsor red, an artist's color by Winsor and Newton.

I used fine black drawing pens by Staedtler (0.5mm, center and right) and Pigma Micron(.25mm, left.) Notice that I totally forgot the center back of the chair when I painted and that I painted a dowel rung between the two front legs when in fact the rungs are along the sides of the chair.

The wonderful side effect of learning how to draw is that you develop new eyes. You see things in a different way and you really have to look carefully to depict what you see.The three chairs illustrate my somewhat out of kilter sense of perspective. The new eyes take some time to develop.

But, as you can see from the above pencil sketch, after drawing the chair over and over, I think that I'm finally getting the hang of it.

Copyright 2013
Wanda Hayes Eichler


  1. That's really cool, Wanda! See you next week.

  2. Your red chairs remind me of Van Gogh's chairs - especially his painting of his rented room in Arle (link: I like the red chairs - so much more interesting than a perfect line drawing. :)
    Keep drawing!

  3. Great link for the Van Gogh site. Thanks. One of my drawing books points out that Van Gogh learned to draw by showing one of his early "out of kilter" people. Skull clipped off; ear too far forward on head, etc. The same page has a later drawing with the figure in more human perspective. That's in "Drawing On The Right Side of The Brain," a great resource.

    Thank you for your encouragement, Kathy. See you soon in MI.