Stage 1 - Block In Concepts - Real Time

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Stage 1 - Block In Concepts - Real Time

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Assignment

Stage 1: After watching the introduction and explanation of the materials and concepts we will use in this stage you will be ready to choose an image from the model pack provided with this tutorial. Once you have done that your priority will be establishing a simplified block in that takes the whole composition into account. Being complete in each stage of the drawing is critical to the success of the project.

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Amanda Rutledge
Your approach is so soft and subtle, very beautiful and fun to watch it come together. I think maybe I got distracted a bit by some minor details I should not have been giving much attention to, particularly in the eyelid. I am having problems with the left eye and the shape of the mouth, I think the eye is too large and the mouth is maybe too large also, some of the shape is a bit off. I also notice the neck is too wide, I haven’t put as much time into that area as I have the face but I believe I can adjust most of these things as I go on to the next step to refine the shapes. I’ve never used charcoal on a pencil drawing before so it’s a new approach for me. Instead of willow charcoal I have a container of charcoal dust from when I sharpen my nitram sticks that I used instead though, just smeared some on with my fingers very lightly than made sure to wipe my hands so I don’t leave little prints everywhere.
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Ben Kindergarten
Its a great bit of drawing. Do you want it to be a perfect representation of the photo? The level you are at it is going to be hard to find people to fault you.
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Stephen Bauman
REally nice shapes and symmetry. Remember that when you add the half tones into the light shape that you should start with the big planes that describe the form.
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Jo Sheridan
Hi Stephen, Well I have to admit that my first attempt at Olivia went a bit awry at the end - I lost all likeness and couldn't get it back before I lost the surface of my paper and my patience - so I put it down for a bit - bought some better paper and had another go - I tried a different pose - and I think I have reached the point where I lost it last time - I think it is still too pale, but wondered what your thoughts were, before I go any further. I'm also struggling with the background - as you can probably tell, I put some willow charcoal at the back and then lost confidence and rubbed it all out again - any pointers as to how to go about this would be appreciated. Thanks Jo.
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Jo Sheridan
I decided to do a bit of both. I went into the shadows with a 4B so I didn't have to press on too hard - then brought some of the half tones up a bit. I think it worked...?
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Stephen Bauman
Hi Jo, at the moment the drawing is in a good place but will need some adjustments. In particular, the value of the shadows is too light to support half tones that are as dark as the ones it currently has. You have a choice to make, what will be your darkest dark? If you do not wish to make the shadows darker you will want to lighten most of your half tones. Alternatively you can key your shadows darker and your darkest half tones as well. As for tone in the background, try to choose a place that the light shape is contacting the background and start your application there. In this way you will be drawing a background rather than just toning the paper.
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Jo Sheridan
...and here a few hours later, is my first 2/10 value lay-in in the shadow areas. Any pointers would be helpful - I'm not sure about my eye placement, but when I measure it out it looks to be OK, but when I stand back, I am not so sure
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Stephen Bauman
I agree about the eyes. Without looking at the ref- it seems like the eye on the left is a little bit too high. Also, it's a great time to work on evening out and unifying your shadow values. Keep it up!
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Jo Sheridan
Hi Stephen, I have been meaning to start your course for ages, but got waylaid with other stuff - then I got "gifted" the last two parts for helping with some website feedback for Stan, and so I have dived in. My first thoughts on watching your initial block in - was "how on earth can this take so long?", so when I started to draw, I had your video running in the background and I kept checking to see how far you had got compared to me, and guess what - it took me about twice as long as you to get to this pre-values stage! It was a good thing to do though, because it kept reminding me how fast and softly you move your pencil... anyway, I have got this far - I have used Olivia_5 as my reference. I think my use of my blending stick has been less useful, I'm not sure I've really given myself much information about hard and soft edges as I should have... any thoughts you have would be welcome. Jo
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Stephen Bauman
Great effort here, Jo. My advice would be about the balance between the complexity of the shapes and the progress of the values. As advanced as the shapes are in your drawing they should be accompanied by a darker value in the shadows. This will give you the chance to work a little bit more with the half tones.
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Andre Camargo
Hello Stephen, I have done some work on this assignment, but am confused about a point. 3h04min into the video, you mention, that now would be the time to address the vertical and horizontal alignment of the features. I am way earlier in the process and already have the feeling, that it is way to late to change the position of the features... In the second picture, I realized, that her tilt was wrong, and tried to correct it. Now, the general head shape is proportionally incorrect. How would you make changes that far into the drawing, with so many layers already added. I am off a bit here, and a bit here. I have the impression, it's time to start over?! Best wishes, Andre
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Stephen Bauman
Hi Andre, your drawing should ideally be flexible all the way through. Keeping your lines light and soft all the way through the first stage will help you in this. To take a stage back you can roll your kneaded eraser into a cylinder and roll that lightly over your graphite drawing.
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Andre Camargo
I erased huge parts of the face, and tried to better align the features. I guess it's an improvement. Not perfect though. The hardest pencil I have is an HB (I never used the hard ones, and gave them all away last year...), not so easy not leaving marks.
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