I got the trunk of this tree (especially on the dark side) just right. I don’t know what kind of tree this is, but the bark reminds me of cherry-tree bark.
As I recall, I was trying to create a uniform tonal value with dots of sepia ink. Inconsistent sizes of dots and uneven spacing were the variables that, with more skill, I could have created an even tone across the page. However, this was not any easy task and I did not make it happen. […]
I was practicing the use of line and also distancing between lines, for shading.
Painters sometimes paint black and white tonal studies. They make a strip starting with black paint, adding white until they achieve a smooth gradient from the blackest black to the whitest white. I did the same below with pen and ink, making a gradient of dense to sparse ink marks. This tonal gradient is a […]
The object of this study was the center of a sun umbrella: a brass collar in between two large wooden dowels. It was difficult to replicate the elongated reflections.
There were bright highlights and dark shadows in the reference photo for this sketch. I decided to emphasize the eyes by using an eraser to brighten the whites.
I had a sharper pencil than yesterday. It really makes a difference. Issues to overcome in the next sketch: 1) shadowing in low contrast areas – the left side of the face was uniformly darker and less detailed in the reference photo; 2) subtle shading differences of large areas – difficult to achieve; 3) rendering […]
I’m trying different expressions and, in this sketch, more shading.
This pen and ink sketch was a little more controlled than yesterday’s. I’m working on making even colored pencil strokes as filler to the shapes that make up the figures. I applied more pressure for the areas in shadow. Mixing of colors is on the menu for upcoming sketches.