In this 2.5 hour demo, I take you through my whole process of a figure drawing. Start with carefully measuring basic shapes to find the proportions and composition. From the basic shapes, construct the anatomical forms as we learned in the mannequinization lesson. Then prepare for shading by mapping in the shadows…
In order to effectively shade form, you first need to understand the form you’re shading. In the structure video I talked about the basic building blocks of form – spheres, cylinders and boxes. Organic forms found in nature, like humans, animals and trees could and should be constructed from these simple forms to capture the character of the subject.
Being able to successfully manipulate your pencil is an important part of line drawing and shading. You’ll learn about the “Tripod Grip”, “Overhand Grip”, using your wrist vs. your shoulder, and how to use various parts of the pencil to control line weight.
Happy Holidays! I decided to do a digital painting of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to celebrate xmas and try out my new Wacom Cintiq 24HD.
Being able to see accurate shape is one of the most useful skills of an artist. To train your eyes you have to practice a lot. But you also need to practicing correctly. For that you have to have a feedback loop. A way of checking your drawings for mistakes.
Robert Beverly Hale used the size of the cranium as the unit for measuring human proportions instead of the height of the head. This method is preferred by many artists because it aligns with skeletal landmarks and it is more reliable when actually drawing a figure in a pose.