December 9


I think guitars (and other string instruments – cellos, violins, ukuleles…) are difficult to draw. They are kind of awkward to fit onto a page, bulky at one end and very narrow at the other, and everytime I try to draw one, I end up with more of a symbol of a guitar instead of an actual individual guitar. I draw the kind of image any human being would recognize as a guitar, but hardly That Particular Guitar, if you know what I mean.

So, to try to do something different with this instrument, I have been looking at my guitar from all kinds of angles, turning it this way and the other, trying to find a view that would be less typical. I ended up with this very shortened view that I find kind of interesting.

This was a really fun drawing to make. I draw a lot, and I think I have a pretty decent perception of proportions, and I usually don´t check relationships in my drawings very much, other than with my eyesight. But this time I had to use the pen for measuring here and there. I couldn´t believe my eyes when the head stock looked higher than the whole body of the instrument, but there it is – it IS higher, from this angle. Challenging for a brain stuck in symbol mode. : )

17,5 x 12.8 cm, Snowman ink pen and watercolours on Plano drawing paper.

12 Responses to “December 9”

  1. Nina, you did a fabulous job. I love the guitar from this angle. It looks great. I know what you mean about drawing it as a symbol. This is perfect.

  2. Janice says:

    A foreshortened vantage point is probably the most difficult to capture accurately and you have done a remarkable job on a difficult subject.

  3. It’s lovely. The guitar seems to shine and we wait the sounds of music. Can I put it in my blog? I have an education web site _www.fuentemusica.blogspot.com_ I’d like to show it like a musical image. I live in a village with a famous luthier and my students can pay attention because the guitar isn’t spanish. Thanks.

  4. The village is Algodonales. Cádiz, España :)

  5. Absolutely brilliant…!!! :)

  6. Wow, gorgeous. Colors, angle, stool it’s sitting on–everything.

  7. Mariana says:

    Beautifully done! I did a coloured pencil drawing of a guitar from a top perspective once, and it was probably one of the toughest drawings I’ve ever done, so am thoroughly impressed by your gorgeous piece!

  8. Thank you all for your comments! : )

  9. This is delightful–the colors, the patterns, the perspective–and it definitely looks like a particular guitar.

  10. Clem says:

    Incredible guitar, Nina ! Moreover “en raccourci” ! Beautiful.

  11. Erik says:

    very pretty, and looks accurate. Guitars are hard. Guitar players spot ‘faux’ guitar art easily. Your image looks right. As always, I like the coloring.

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