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Thursday, November 15, 2012
This is a 30 minute demo done using the pan pastel for a block in and then going in with black and then white charcoal. It is left at this stage so the beginner student can begin to understand the use of the neutral toned paper and how to build values in shadow and then light with the black and white charcoal pencils. Not an easy task for some students. From here the portrait would be knocked back with the brush and then developed further into a more full and dynamic contrast of values.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
When applying the characteristics of light to the form it's important to hatch with the contour and landscape of the form. Be aware that the light hits the center of the form, the highest point nearest to the light. Even though to the human eye, the light shape on the form may look all white or bright, making it so, will flatten it out and diminish any sense of illumination and volume on the form.
Be sure to utilize the paper tone as a middle value between the light and the shadow. In this demo I have hatched in some umber and sanguine conte to the shadow to warm it up and play against the greenish tint of the cooler paper.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
A good exercise is to go back to old gesture drawings and analyze the form as outlined in the above demo. It allows you to stretch your understanding of anatomy and begin to draw from the inside-out.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The important stage while learning to see more accurate proportions in drawing is making time for sighting an measuring. Once a basic intuitive block in is established as discussed last week, spend time measuring the relationship of the head to the whole. Analyze alignment with a vertical line of the dowel. Begin to block in secondary contours being conscious of interlocking and overlapping forms such as seen in the shoulder and neck area here. Do not get caught up on the details of the features of the head, instead, make relationships of the placement to the features with simple staccato lines as seen here in the close up.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
When beginning the light, the skeleton is set up against a white wall and the students use a middle grey toned paper which allows efficient use of a simple shadow value along with simple heightening of the light and highlights using white charcoal. It is vital to squint down when viewing the values in order to get as close to the true nature as you can.