Drawing Scissors

I remember years ago I sat and drew pages of scissors as a sort of negative space exercise. Scissors work really well for training yourself to see the spaces around things. edm105

EDM challenge 105 gave me an excuse to sit down with these folding scissors. I think they’re pretty cool. I like the name stamped on them: SAFE-T-SNIP. I rarely use them for anything practical. I just pick them up and fold and unfold them absently and then toss them back on the counter or wherever I happen to find them that day.

Published by Mellanie C

sketch artist, daydreamer Figurative artist specializing in small format art and portraits.

18 thoughts on “Drawing Scissors

  1. Those do look like cool scissors! Excellent drawing. I have played a little with brush markers but I certainly can’t get them to do that! And thanks for the mention below. Blogging is a lot more fun that I imagined it would be – and motivating with all the encouragement from others. I enjoy stopping by here 🙂


  2. Oh my gosh! What a lovely stack of comments. I’m going to go to bed with a big head tonight! ^_^

    Thanks for the tag Wendy. I’ll be trotting over there soon to pick up my assignment.

    Hugs everyone!


  3. u have great talent. i am so happy i stumbled upon your work. i have always wanted to be able to draw, and after seeing ur art and reading the comments, i am greatly motivated. so i bought a sketch book and some pencils to try some drawing. i am 61 years old…. i think that gives me sometime to learn. regards.


  4. pervaiz, what a sweet thing to say. I’m glad you are motivated to draw. I get so much pleasure from it. Don’t get too frustrate and stick with it.

    Sarah, I like the wash effect I get with these brush pens. I like using the Tombow double-ended markers. I When I try to do real ink washes I get a horrid mess. I just can’t trust the process and my drawings show it. Using the markers feels a little like cheating, but I like the result.

    Thanks so much for stopping by.


  5. scissors are not easy items to draw Mellanie but you have done a great job with the negative spaces and the modelling… very polished !!
    nice touch with your shadows too…


  6. I really like the folding scissors…the details are very delicate..and yeap the shading also is very nice. I’ll take your advice and try to practice drawing scissors in negative..If I understand well 🙂 anyway the result of the markers is great.. I don’t see why its cheating I think that you should use all the materials you like, especially if the end result is as good as that.. Keep up 🙂


  7. Thanks doudy. I’m so glad you liked it. Scissors come in so many shapes and sizes. They make great studies. What I meant was that I try not to focus on the scissors, but on the spaces around them. That way I see shapes and draw them instead of looking at the scissors and thinking “how do I start this?” I’m not good at explaining it. Here’s an illustration:


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