That is my drawing of the pear. I started out to dark on the left side of the fruit, so I couldn't go darker for the shadows. Also this is my second attempt, the first one looks like a spaceship. I'm struggling with figuring out, what parts of the fruit are darker and what parts are just a different color. Feeling like an idiot sometimes, but it's interesting how those things are not obvious if you are not used to paying attention to that stuff.
Here's a thought that I wanted to share with you beautiful people. For me as a beginner, the most crucial mistake that I catch myself making all the time, is not differentiating between observation and interpretation. I will look at a picture of a face and see "Yep, that's a face". And then I will look down on my sheet of paper and try to draw what I think a face looks like. That's interpretation, not observation. It is very human to think that way. We look at 10 different people and each time instantly recognize them as people. And it is important that we have that skill. Otherwise, every time we looked at a person we don’t know, we wouldn’t know what we are looking at. But I think, when learning how to draw, that is exactly what we want to do. Some time ago I took a course in coaching at university and I learned that, in order to really understand the person you are listening to, you have to listen to them like you don’t know anything about the concepts that they are talking about. I think the same applies when studying a subject for drawing. In order to really understand the face that I’m trying to draw, I have to forget everything about what I think a face looks like. Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong. I would love to hear your thoughts :)
I wanted to share this photo of a vase that I found on Pinterest. It's amazing how perfectly you can see the value changes on the different planes of the vase. I guess if the vase was round and we would simplify it perfectly, that is what it would look like.
Oh boy, first assignment time! I'm just a beginner but so far I feel like my pace is closer to the intermediate, I'm like level 1.5! Well, what to do? I guess I'll just draw a beautiful peartrait ;)) Shading was done with 2B and F (Which stands for F-You-Proko-F-Is-A-Good-Pencil (peardon my french)).
Was tougher than I expected, and I might have gone overboard with details but the exercise did help me clarify the surface forms. My 8B graphite pencil isn't as dark as I had hoped, so the value difference between light and shadow isn't as large as I wanted...maybe it's time to learn to use charcoal haha
I went with the pear for this lesson, and I threw in an apple too for good measure. I enjoyed the practice, and I'll be doing more studies like this going forward. I have a lot to learn from simplifying the shapes and values. Thanks, Stan!