Can you believe it’s nearly December? This year seems to have flown by, accelerating as it passed. This morning we were back at music school, and during my 30 minutes of sketch time I got my eye on the percussion box; nestling inside were these funny little sleigh bells. I had to smile that one of the little clappers had been replaced by a metal bead on a bit of bent wire, a nice example of make do and mend. Somehow, having a go at drawing them seemed appropriate – and before I started I realised that it would not be without its challenges. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, they say.
As so often on a Saturday, I used the black fineliner and Tombow combo. The silvery grey of the bells gave me a problem which I solved with rather a lot of blue, but that was amusing to do. The bell shapes were also not without difficulties, which is why this sketch has ended up rather close to the right hand edge of the paper. Well, the best laid plans… My favourite part of this sketch is the shadow under the handle, which just went on easily today.