Spartan Camp #238 - 50 gestures + Optional "Figure Tonal Study"
The aim is to produce 50 gestures by Sunday the 30th of September.
- The gestures can be of anything, human, animal, cavorting capybaras.... You can draw full figures, but you can also go for heads, arms, eyes, or anything specific. All media can be used, both digital or traditional. Coloured or black/white. Quick scribbles or long studies. Imagination or referenced. Clothed or nude. Specifics are up to you!
- In addition to this, participants can choose to do an Optional "Figure Tonal Study", in any medium.
Additional notes on this weeks’ Optional Study:
Now that these forums are regaining function and activity, it's time to continue the Spartan Camp! We will commence with a basic, all-round optional study to get started.
Tone is a degree of lightness or darkness of a surface. The term "value" is often used as well and means the same. A tonal study is essentially a greyscale study, focusing on the form and shape of the subject being studied. The tone of an area depends on several things ranging from the light, shadows and reflections to the properties of the actual material such as its reflectivity. Doing tonal studies helps you to recognize, understand and depict depth and three-dimentional forms. It is therefore a fundamental study that is often done, for instance through cast drawings or charcoal figure studies. Feel free to use any medium though, but make sure the subject is a figure.
If you want, you can turn an image to greyscale for convenient studying. I'll provice background information rather than pointing out galleries with figures (nudes are not hard to find on the internet...). Below are several links explaining tonal studies and fundamentals in general to get you going.
Link1: CA.org wiki on values/tone.
Link2: More info on value and tone.
Link3: Bit more, mostly on light.
Link4: PrometheusANJ' excellent tutorial on drawing/painting basics (especially relevant sections are on lighting and materials)
Examples of a cast drawing and a tonal figure study.
Link5: Example progress of a figure tonal study.
Upcoming optional studies (subject to change)
Clothed figure study
As always- reference advised, not obligatory. Colour, medium, time frame, any specifics are up to you! Good luck and have fun! And feel free to ask questions!
50 poses is a challenge, but don't hurry or stress yourself reaching it! Focus on drawing, as practising is the main goal of this exercise.
Criticizing each other is highly encouraged!! Share constructive criticism, reference images and resources!! Let's help each other get better!
Come on soldiers! Flex those muscles!!
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