A Sunny Day In Reykjavík

Drawings I’ll probably never finish


This post is inspired by some other blog entries I’ve read recently. Presley at haunting olivia shared some ‘bad’ art (which I think is actually pretty good), and Cassy at knit the hell out confessed about her piles of “UFOs” (unfinished objects). I love seeing people’s work in an unpolished state, whether it’s a work in progress, a quick sketch, or finished pieces that just didn’t quite work out for one reason or another.

Seeing as this is *supposed* to be my art blog and I haven’t had time to draw anything new recently, I figure I might as well share some of my own UFOs.

(Please forgive the not-so-great image quality; I don’t have a scanner. The grey splodges you see on some of the pictures are shadows cast by a dirty window, not parts of the drawings.)

This first one was something I started a couple of years ago to hang up in Mimi’s room. My plan was to do a mixed-media drawing/collage. I was going to draw tree branches with cut-paper leaves, and some paper flowers down the bottom.

Girl on a swing drawing

Girl on a swing

I quite like it, but it came out a bit stiff-looking. The rough preliminary sketch I did had more life & movement to it:

Still, I think it’s nice and want to finish it.

This second sketch is based on a photo of Keith Richards’ hands. I did it in…2003? after years of not drawing. I did it to see whether I could still draw. It wasn’t intended to be used for anything, just a practice sketch.

Sketch of Keith Richards' hands

In a similar vein, this next one is drawn from a photo of Iggy Pop (I love Iggy Pop!). Again, I wasn’t planning on using it for anything, just an exercise. I had to stop because the level of detail was making my eyes freak out. I’ll need new glasses before I attempt something like this again!

Iggy Pop unfinished drawing

And one last one I drew for (and of) Mimi. I did it when she was around 18 months old and at the peak of her cat obsession. I wasn’t happy with it so abandoned it almost finished. I should really just hang it up. I’m sure the girls would like it!

Girl with a cat drawing

Mimi with the dapper Mr. Cat

Author: Sarah @ ASunnyDayInReykjavik

I’m an Australian woman living in Iceland with my partner and two daughters “Mimi” and “Ellie”. I blog about knitting, art, parenting and my life in Reykjavík.

13 thoughts on “Drawings I’ll probably never finish

  1. You’re good. Now I am feeling bad about not finishing the stuff I started. I got into a roll, and then … the roll stopped. Seeing your stuff is making me want to pick things up again. Thank you!


  2. Wow! So beautiful! You are really talented.


  3. Those look really good! I’ve abandoned many a knitting project when it hasn’t gone the way I want it to.


  4. Those are some gorgeous UFOs! My favorite is the mixed media piece at the top, but I can’t believe how intricate the hand and eye drawings are. I’m in awe of your talent!


  5. I love your eye of Iggy Pop – what kind of paper and pencil was used as I would love to get that sort of texture in a drawing. As far as unfinished stuff, I can’t really go into it – it would take all day! You should draw draw draw – you are fantastically talented!


    • Thank you so much! (And sorry for the late reply!) I’m honestly not sure what paper it was, I drew it so long ago. Just your standard sketching paper you buy from an art store. It’s worth spending a little more for a good brand that will stand up to some erasing & re-drawing. The pencil is a mix of different lead pencils. I like to start with a harder graphite (like 2B) then work in darker shades for more definition.


  6. Your hand and eye drawings are great. Had you thought of drawing Raven and Luna’s hands? I think that you would have to catching them sleeping though!


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