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20 January 2020

Sketching A Vintage Ink Bottle From Real Life


Sketch of vintage ink bottle


I have loved to draw and sketch ever since I was a child. I never took any formal education for it but after completing my studies and starting my work,  I have started to practice more of hobbies and have been trying to incorporate them into the work I do.

This way, every time I spend on work makes me feel great and not stressed at all!

So let's get on with it.

Materials required


  • A pencil 
  • An eraser
  • A sketchbook or some plain paper
  • A real-life subject (ink bottle)


01. Start with some practice

shape and line drawing practice


It's always a good idea to warm up if you haven't been in touch with your creative side for some time. I like practicing before I actually start sketching. My sketchbook is textured and I love that, it really helps to add texture and the vintage aesthetic in my sketches.

I also like to draw a shape similar to the one I will be sketching when I'm practicing, it helps me remember the shape and study it thoroughly.

I start by slowly drawing the shape, you also need to be careful not to accidentally move your subject when you are sketching from real life.

02. Start shading

shart shading your subject


Now that your bottle outline is completed, and you have most of the lines defined properly, start shading the bottle. A good practice is to always shade lighter than needed because it's easier to erase that. You can use different pencils but I usually only end up using one if it's a piece I'm making for practice.

Refer to your subject more so that you can see where the light falls, where the shadows are and what values need to be put down.

03. Keep going, and finish your sketch!

finished ink bottle sketch


If you'll excuse my messy workplace (I promise you it's not always messy, I clean it all up after I'm done working :P) this is the finished piece. Please remember, you may not get it right the first time you try it, especially if this is a new skill you're trying to acquire or have just not practiced in a very long time.

Treat yourself with respect rather than beating yourself down for it, keep practicing. I've had a teacher who always says that, drawing, sketching and paintings are much like other skills and can be acquired, so give yourself some time, and patience.

I hope you've liked this tutorial!

a vintage ink bottle framed art


You can purchase this artwork in my shop. It is available as a framed I hope you like and support my work!

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