The first project of the Drawing Basics course is to challenge yourself to simplify the shapes, edges, and values of a pear or portrait from observation. I provide you two photo options over in the downloads tab. Being able to simplify is a very useful skill to be able to communicate clearly in your drawings.
Here is my first attempt at the Level 2 portrait. Im finding that Im loving the process of looking for shapes and trying to map them out.
Here’s my level 1 assignment. I’ll work on the portrait after watching the new videos.
Having a little fomo for the demo and critiques of the level 2, decided to give the portrait a shot.
Done in Procreate, this was a lot tougher than I thought it was gonna be 😅 but it was good for my art brain haha
I wanted to try something that's very different from what I'm used to. Colour. So I tried to draw still life I found the reference online. Used markers. Not yet sure how to use them properly so rendering may be hit and miss really. Attempted to combine a little bit with white pastel pencil, it seems to kind of work. Will experiment further.
Done the assignment for this week, it’s something I don’t do often but I love doing simple studies like such! Hope everyone here is enjoying themselves and having lots in fon😌👌
my sisters have completed the assignment for the week, ready for more! They love the course so far and have lots to learn.
Hello everyone, I have attached my first attempts at pears 1,2 and 3. I had a hard time differentiating between the two non-highlight light values, but had a fun time trying to find the shapes. Please feel free to critique :)
I've always found that one of my biggest problems when drawing is getting proportions correct. This pear is probably still a little off, but I found that simplifying the shape really helped.
Another go at ref #1. I’m using Strathmore drawing paper, but I feel like I’m fighting the paper texture- maybe working larger would help. This pear is about 5” high.
Here’s my pear before watching Stan’s lesson. As others have mentioned, it was hard to get the five values to appear as an evenly spaced progression.
My biggest struggle with the pear was getting consistent shading both in terms of texture and value, especially such that the distinction between the 5 tones was obvious while still feeling integrated and 3-dimensional. When working on the portrait, I allowed myself to design slightly more complex shapes, but focused much more on getting consistent and distinct tones. I think it helped that I used consistent tools (all the same brand of woodless graphite.) I kinda phoned it in with the shirt, but overall I think the portrait turned out better -- at least according to the criteria of the project -- and was actually easier. Curious what others think. Would love some feedback! (I’m not sure where my original post went, so here it is again.)
Pears from refs 2 & 3, plus portrait attempts before and after watching the demo. A lot more measuring and erasing the second time around. All that erasing ruining any chance of seeping my shapes crisp. Comments/ crits welcome.
I am late with the course…but my first drawing of a pear…needs much work. Used the image provided with the course. Now to watch how Stan drew his. Practice this week is definitely on my schedule.