"Sometimes I do pencil sketches. They're so much more forgiving, because I now have the option to erase."
"I drew this cup like 5 or 6 times. I dont sketch on the cups first, what u see in the final product is all done freehand, zero room for errors, with a sharpie."
a) Started with drawing the side profile of the tiger, but Iwasnt quite feeling it because it seemed too flat. So after about 1.5 hours of work, I decided to stop.
b) After looking online for more photos of tigers, I decided to go with a tiger lying on its side, swiping away at a lady warrior. Everything was going good until I drew the lady. I messed up on her mouth and face outline, and she looked terrible, and since I can't "undo " my mistakes, I started over again after about 2 hours of work. I took that long because drawing a tiger was new to me.
c) This one came closest to the final cup I did. A few problems though. Her hand was too manly. the tiger looked too small, and lady didnt "engage" the viewers enough. I kept going though, thinking that once I filled in all the details, it would probably look pretty good. But when I drew that lock of hair covering her face, (between tiger's paw and her nose), it took away the feminine feel of the warrior that I had hoped to retain. So 4 hours, gone.
d) Wow, my tiger kicks ass. Then I decided to try drawing the lady coming down at it holding a katana. problem is, I couldnt extend her arms out if I wanted to how the katana she's holding. So I kept her arms in. After that, I realized the katana wasn't going to fit in the cup too without ruining the composition. So I stopped after about 1.5 hours, not counting the 3 hours of research I did on japanese armor.
e) "Maybe if I started drawing the lady first, I would be less nervous about ruining the whole cup.." I thought. I drew her too close to the bottom of the cup, leaving no space for the tiger. And she didn't look too intelligent either, nor did I like the pose too much. So I stopped after 10 mins.
final.) Woohoo. After 4 days of drawing. 5 hours on sat, and 12 hours today. Trying really hard not to make mistakes, its done!
"Drawing on cups is a challenge. Unlike a flat canvas, you have to consider compositions from all around. Which is what I spend most of my time doing off the top of my head."
"I don't do initial drafts on the cup. I do that on paper, but even that is rare, most of the time it's a straight shot. Part of the fun is not messing up..and that can happen anytime. Sometimes, 95% into the work. "
"Some cups take a few hours, including what feels like a relatively simple one. Some takes months, because I draw something great, and I am afraid of messing it up with the next stroke. so I tend to wait and think for days, or weeks. "
"I am still constantly refining my strokes. It's hard when you get one shot, and you can't undo an error. But that's also part of why I enjoy it."
"I hope my works can inspire others to think outside the canvas. It's not always what you draw on, it's what you draw."
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