A Day in the Life - Sketchbook project page 25 color pencils
The spice box has a place of honor in an Indian Kitchen and I treasure mine :) I knew from the beginning that I wanted to include it in my sketchbook project.
I approached the subject with lots of anxiety but really loved sketching my special shiny Indian Spice Box, its contents as well as the red peppers, tomatoes, lemons, chilies etc. The different textures, colors, sizes and shapes were fun and a huge challenge to sketch. The decision to just sketch the objects and not worry about background was freeing. I learned that paying attention to the mass of each variety of spice and hinting about the space between most individual mustard/cumin/coriander/dal gave the finished image more unified look. Spraying the finished sketch with Krylon Kamar varnish was a good idea too. Even though better quality paper might have made a difference, I am glad I put forth a lot of effort and time into this particular sketch :)