Drawing Pencil Sketches
Newsletter July 2012
Welcome Fellow Artists
I am still getting quite a few bounced emails from artists who have requested the free e-book on drawing. Please check for any typos in your email address otherwise you will not receive the book.
The question has come up this past month from several artists about value and tone - that means basically shading various parts of your drawing - the lightness or darkness of an area of your drawing. What is the best way to shade in the light areas of your drawing? You have many choices from "cross-hatching" (drawing straight lines in one direction and then again at 90 degrees; stippling by building your drawing with a series of dots; using very soft pencils to blend in any lines and many other combinations.
Have a look at this well-known drawing at the top here by Daumier (left) showing line only but using a form of cross-hatching to describe the depth and contours of the face.
Okay, I know he is not particularly handsome. And the second drawing by Seurat (right) used conte crayon on very coarse paper giving wonderful textures.
Leonardo, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and many other artists had a passion and a "feel" for the objects they were drawing. Check out how they used shading in their drawings and not one technique had been used twice.
That is a commitment for knowledge few other artists posses but we can all learn from them. If we can "see" the influence of light on an object we're better able to draw it convincingly.
Have a look at any of the "Old Masters" drawings to see if you think they really understood the form and contours they were drawing. Were they convincing? Select something you really like, draw it. Now select something you don't particularly like or have no sympathy for. Now compare the two, which one is more convincing do you think?
Thank you for reading,
PS: You can always write to me and ask any question about drawing, I will always respond within 24 - 48 hours.
PS: Have fun drawing, I'd love to see your work showcased here. Please do write if you have any comments or questions and upload your drawings.
PPS: Don't forget to let me know if you would like the free book on "Drawing for Beginners" a useful guide if you would like the basics on drawing.
PPS: Please check your email address for typos...too many bounce and you won't get your free ebook.