Perhaps, beyond the way of how light travels through form the decisions of what areas would be cool or warm falls under artistic intuition and what you would like to portray? Perhaps that's why you didn't find a pattern to it in your reference. I've never tried this myself, so take this with a big grain of salt.
This is a complicated form with all the turns I think. So maybe it helps if you don't represent the several parts with curved tubes, but straight cylinders. That way you force yourself to make decisions about how the basic parts are constructed and the positioning and perspective of each cylinder gets easier at the same time.
It seems to me that the middle part is much more foreshortened in the photo. I tried to sketch it, but I am not that good with elipses 😅 maybe try with a different photo in which it is more clear what is going on. I think it is a bit hard to figure it out in your case as the trunk is partially covered by grass
I believe it needs to be more foreshortened where it comes towards us. Also, you're very stiff with your line work. Don't be afraid to make loose, gestural lines that capture the movement of the form ( see attached Justin Sweet sketch). Just keep them very light and save your dark lines for the end. You might also start by drawing subjects where the ellipses are very clear: striped snakes
So I deconstructed this tree trunk. Did I do a good job simplifying it into basic shapes? Specially in how the degree of the ellipses change in relation to each other to show how the tree trunk moves in space. If you look closely, the tree moves away from the viewer, and that was really hard to convey in my drawing. Idk, any feedback is welcome.
Hi @Neón , I can't speak for @Marshall Vandruff (or the teacher that told Marshall ;) ) , but the way I interpret it is that technique is your control and knowledge of the materials you work with (oil, watercolour, digital etc.), and draftmanship the skills you have in drawing, for me this includes composition, but linework, values and your understanding (of the construction and anatomy) of the subject you are drawing as well. I am curious what others have to say about this. -Leon
Hello peeps, I was listening to the DIY artschool (knowledge) episode of Draftsmen the other day. At one point, Marshall was saying that a teacher once told him that the 3 most important skills for an artist are: technique, draftsmanship, and composition. He didn't explain the difference between the first two, however, and I'm quite curious about it because I thought they were the same thing. Anybody got any ideas on this? Have a good day.
Fantastic work. I like how imaginative and complex the scenes are, how the panels merge into each other, and yet the action reads so clearly. Very neat and also bizarre.