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I'm currently fawning over Drawing Lessons From The Great Masters, especially the sections "Light and Planes" and "Mass". The idea of an artist throwing out the current lighting that he/she physically sees on the model and using their own light and shade based on knowledge of what they know with simple shapes, is totally awesome. There's a sense of control over drawing (instead of drawing controlling you)
I'd love to find a resource that shows shapes in different lighting scenarios for future study, yet have not been able to do so.
Any help on overcoming this hurdle?
got a desk lamp and some balls and cubes around?
Desk lamp I have, shapes I do not.
Plunder your fridge. Might find something useful in there, like fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk cart etc...
And for more complex forms maquettes are always a good idea.
Check out Succesful drawing by Andrew Loomis, i think you should find what you are looking for in that book.
Cups and sucers and other kitchenware.
I like to dive into my kids toybox for goofy looking toys.
Scetchbook: View the exhibitionist's stuff.
you mean something like this?
also Scott Robertson has a few Dvds that thoroughly go over this subject. The 1st in the series is called "How to Render Matte Surfaces 1: Shading Planar Surfaces" good stuff
Last edited by Zazerzs; February 26th, 2010 at 01:12 PM.
Yeah - not sure where you're looking - you can buy plaster drawing forms of the basic shapes or even an extended set. Kids blocks are grea - you can paint them white. Small boxes are great - paint them white if you want. Hit the thrifts stores - young kid, baby toys are always great - painted white.
One caveat: the idea of creating your own lighting effects may be appealing (I haven't read the particular book you reference) but I wouldn't recommend it until you have a thorough understanding and command of value and lighting from observation. You have to understand these things in context - taking an idea about "invented" lighting from the Masters when they're 30 years into an intense life dedicated to the study of form, light, figure...well, they probably didn't start learning with inventing lighting effects is all I'm saying. Just my two cents.
Yes, that is something to the effect of what I was looking for. Thank you.
The idea of using shapes and a light to me would be tricky. There's too many variables that could come in that would confuse me. I'd rather understand from an artist who already knows and can explain in further detail through words or their own drawings. They've probably used specific lighting, specially-made objects and/or perhaps a specific white or color background/surface as photographers use.
The best approach is to get yourself a collection of objects as mentioned - and a light. Try to eliminate/minimize secondary or ambient light and just draw them. There are many books on light/shad/value - one of the best books for drawing is Deborah Rockman's "Drawing Essentials" - she basically covers everything one needs to know. It is somewhat advanced maybe - just depends on where you are in your understanding.
Ha! I know - I think I've helped sell a few by now! I just think her book covers everything so well - I'm glad you like it. And I do agree, some excercises might be good but I think she designed the book as a textbook for college courses so the excercises would be directed by the teacher - also she gives plenty of examples so you can just design your own excercises.
And consider me another future owner of Drawing Essentials. (I know books can't solve everything but after seeing your sketchbook and reading on your life drawing observations, I am trusting you that it will probably be one of the last drawing books I will buy for a while since it covers the basics.)
Cool - those are all good books - especially the Betty Edwards and of course the Bridgman. And that's cool you've got the Jack Hamm book - I always recommend going through that with a stack of paper and doing each concept with your own drawings - about the first 78 pages are great.
The Rockman book is really good - it should take you a long way. Starting a sketchbook thread and posting your progress is a great way to move forward too.
On the common suggestion by everyone who posted I went ahead and bought a cheap set of soft foam geometric shapes from amazon. Here's hoping it will help with studying how light falls onto objects.
Breasts and butts are basic rounded forms with some pyramidal aspects. WOT..
Scetchbook: View the exhibitionist's stuff.