I’m usually out and about sketching at the busiest street corner I can find. So drawing little objects at home is a change of pace for me. The nice thing about drawing like this is that it forces me to slow down. I can’t explain why: maybe it’s that I usually draw big scenes scaled down to little pages in my sketchbook? And here I’m drawing small objects with simple shapes? Or maybe it’s just that I don’t think the pears are going to get up and walk away like the people in my urban sketches?
Notice how no pear ever looks like the classic shape we imagine pears to be. Drawing each pear as it is: bumps, blemishes and all, and not the ‘symbol’ of a pear is what makes it believable. When I drew these I was thinking about how the same principle applies to drawing people: I like to draw people from observation and not draw from what I “know”. It’s my way of always drawing a particular person and never a symbol.
But back to the pears. Here they are in graphite: