|Drawing after the sculpture The Cylinder Man
by Eliot Goldfinger by Jon deMartin,
2009, pencil drawing.
||Drawing for Epiphany
by Michael Aviano, 2009,
charcoal drawing, 39 x 32.
|Going from "the cylinder man" to a fully-realized figure is a matter of many things,
but one is definitely an ability to turn the form with shading and gradation.
Using a pencil feels so simple, doesn't it? I mean, it's the
first thing we learn to write with when we are kids, so what could be more
familiar and comforting than that? But I've found again and again that using a
pencil or graphite for certain types of shading can get pretty complicated. For
example, with cross-hatching you don't need to be as particular about pressure
and gesture, but it can be a real challenge when you go beyond that to subtler shading
effects. I needed some help when it came to shading techniques that didn't
appear heavy-handed or inconsistent, and that's where Shading Techniques Beyond Cross-Hatching: Artist Daily Pencil Shading
Tutorial on Modeling Gradations comes in.
I had been missing a part of the
puzzle until reading this eBook because I didn't realize that the best way to
conquer gradation was to practice shading shapes like cylinders. Artist and
instructor Jon deMartin points out that drawing convincing forms and figures
means becoming a master of gradation. And you do that first by starting with a
form that curves in one direction, like a cylinder. From there, you can go onto
more complicated forms and the figure.
DeMartin discusses how to make smooth gradations, how
surfaces relate to a light source, and how to breakdown an object or figure's
planes in order to identify how to model it. What I found most interesting was
learning that to really make a cylinder look round, I don't just smooth away
edges, but instead truly gradate the values appearing on the form.
All that and more is in Shading
Techniques Beyond Cross-Hatching: Artist Daily Pencil Shading Tutorial on
Modeling Gradations. It is a crucial chapter in the book of drawing
fundamentals, and it is one I know I'm going to revisit again and again. The
information is too valuable not to. Download your copy of Shading Techniques Beyond Cross-Hatching: Artist Daily Pencil Shading
Tutorial on Modeling Gradations now and rediscover the methods that
separate good artwork from great. Enjoy!
And if you have anyone who might be interested in the
drawing methods in Shading Techniques
Beyond Cross-Hatching, feel free to send this link to them so they can
learn pencil-shading tips, too. They are sure to thank you!