So these were very hard and I really struggled with them. I felt like the snail was great to use more big swooshy S and C curves with. More gestural. However I wasn't able to manage that at all and in my second try I went with more straight lines. The shoes were very overwhelming for me and I really didn't know where to start. So I'm excited to see Stan tackle that. I also think I started to draw more what I thought I saw than what I was actually seeing while doing the laces. All the details definitely tripped me up. All in all I'm really not happy with these, but I'm ready to try them again once I've seen the critique video and Stan's approach. Critique to myself would be: - no chicken scratching!! - more looking less imagining haha
Wow okay this was very insightful! So my main problem was the different values and the part where you talk about how to pick those was great! I definitely also enjoyed the way you talked about shape design, that's a good one to keep in mind. Just like that last part; That we don't have to try and mimic reality completely. But that it's about telling/showing it to the viewer. And thus making artistic decisions. Definitely want to do the pear assignment another time after seeing this critique video. I'm glad it was such a long one as well because it covered so many different "problem" areas.
Okay this video made me realize that the half tones may be used on the "shadow side" of an object 🤯 and it feels very mindblowing. In my head I had it separated between the light side with the three light values and a dark side with the two shadow values. Knowing the half tones can be used anywhere is a very good lesson!
This was really cool to see and VERY useful! Its very interesting how much more you see or notice than I do (which I know is years of practice and training). I think my biggest take away is that you colour the whole half tones with one tone first and then layer over it again to make the darker halftone. I tried to do that in one go/one layer and it made me struggle. Seeing it's okay to go back and forth gives me some more confidence to do that as well. I definitely want to have another go now I've seen your approach.
I was wondering if y'all think it's beneficial to do both assignment levels for this one since it's basically to have a "before" drawing. I'm definitely a level one and am not planning on doing the level 2 assignments this time around anyways. And don't want to discourage myself with something too hard. But also like to have an insight into my starting point. What are your thoughts on this?
Aaahh why is this so scary to post? First assignment was a bit of a struggle BUT I am pretty happy with the result. I started off with only one graphite pencil (it doesn't state but it's probably a HB). Will definitely try it again with a wider range to see if it helps with getting better values. Can't wait to see my progress over the upcoming months!