Okay--first here is the digital practice exercise. I prefer the digital but still dislike this exercise. Ah well, it`s jsut like those vegetables I used to hate as a kid. Still off in many places, but it is all right I guess.
While working on it, I would take breaks and work on a "Treat" sketch--something fun that I could enjoy and relax with. I just bought a big sketchbook with smoother paper, and was eager to try it. Still not good quality,but good enough for now. Once more--fan art, Noctis of FFXIII--man am I sadly obsessed I combined charcoal and graphite for it, and couldn`t find many references for the pose or the chair--that chair was hard. I really had to try and imagine how what I could see would stretch around to places I couldn`t see... Still, I am pleased ^_^
One more update--or just upload. I went to a small art exhibit and afterward did some outdoor sketching. One was a potted plant. Then a couple of quick sketches of a guy playing tennis. It got too cold, so I went home. Rest of the week is rain...sigh...
Worked on a still-life today. I find that I am really comfortable with using 2H, H, and 3B. It gives a nice range of values, especially when you don`t need to go too dark. Since everything in this setup is white, it worked out nicely, I think.
My cylinder still needs work--that is really tough to do. The pentagon is also a little awkward and will take practice. I think the rectangle is okay, but the perspective lines is still slightly skew. Not as bad as the other two, though. I like the pyramid ^_^ I wasn`t about to do something boring ,and I think that putting it like that gave it a nice touch. The way I set it up makes it look the rectangle and pentagon are looking up at the Pyramid--like it is giving a speech or something. I was a little hesitant about the negative space, but I think it actually adds to the sense of a crowd gathering and wanted to keep it.
I made the pentagon too small--even though it is a little behind the rectangle, they are roughly the same size when put together. The cylinder I ended up making too fat, though I started with that one to use as a reference cor sice of the others. I should have started with the rectangle because it is in the foreground and everything would be leading back from it.
I did a couple of charcoal still-lifes of shapes. I won`t list everything wrong with them--too much is wrong. Part of it is how I am handling the charcoal. Another part is how I am rendering that darn cylinder---sucks.
I went through the whole video on perspective...I was so surprised and soaking up every minute. The tips and tricks were just...wow. And I could do them--well, not professionally, but more than I thought I would have been able to. It was all inspired by that darn cylinder. I think I understand a lot better about how to draw it and am eager to try another still life before checking out the shading video.
And my camera plus the lighting sucks so the images aren`t great. But since they are sketches, I am not going to split hairs over it. I started on my own before. After that, it is all with the video. It was only a two hour video, but it took me all of 4-6 hours because I was drawing with him, stopping it, checking what he was doing, and then doing several of my own samples. I did not photograph all of what I did, but here are some.
Some shapes and shading practice using some gnomon video clips for guidance. It really is better to see what people are talking about and walk with them as they do it than to read about it--at least for me.
Did a couple more, this time focusing on spherical/round shapes. Right now I am just getting some information and practicing. I plan to apply this to some still lifes so that I can directly observe. Still, my cylinders are looking better and I can see that the sphere cast shadow and core/highlight are not lining up properly. I couldn`t see that before ^_^
Did some more shading practices--this time on more complex shapes/curves. I recognize teh concepts, but it takes a lot more planning to get it just right. I really want to do a full-out project--or at least a still life of some kind....maybe later. I have been blowing through these videos at an insane pace and need a bit of a break ^_^
Last update for today. Working on curved surfaces is a challenge. My boxes are much stronger, even my cyldiners and spheres. But the curved surfaces follow the same principals. So now to practice with real-life objects what I have learned! ^_^ That last one in this update is wrong on the shadow. Though I followed the radiates correctly, the ending values placed the light at a different angle. I tried to erase to adjust--but too late. ^_^;
Thought I would post this here, too--gonna be busy so can`t start much today. Did this yesterday. Anyway, I think I am much stronger in using pencil than charcoal, but I enjoy charcoal as a supliment. I still haven`t decided if I am going to darken the background, leaving everything charcoal, or if I will go over it with graphite, or leave it as is. I am thinking of moving on to more every-day objects for still lifes, too.
Quick update. I had a little time and did a small still-life of a metalic mug and a book. I was surprised that I got the sizes right when you compare the two. There are still some issues with the shadows and cylinders, but not nearly as bad as they used to be. I am really tired---headache. Acckkk... I should go to sleep and not draw...but I finished it, so ^_^