Answering some more of your questions about Gesture: Should I focus on accurate gesture or accurate proportion? Will I get better at proportion over time? I’m struggling with timed gesture drawing. What should I do?
Today I have a critique for the Shading lesson and generally summing up all the figure lessons. Amit Shirole submitted two drawings. He did such a great job with this exercise, I think he’s a good example for everyone else and maybe an inspiration to do the same thing.
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.