Session #024, Work #021

Still working on drawing only. I finished the drawing from yesterday and I’m not sure how happy I am with my accuracy. I also started another drawing of a more detailed statue. I like the fairy figure a lot, but it looks to be a tough drawing. It’s going to take a lot of focus to get it right. I’m contemplating getting the major envelope down then taking photos, doing a comparison, and if it is too inaccurate starting over, then repeating till I get it correct.

I took a bunch of photos of the progress and did some comparisons with the photo of the still life. I have adjusted how I take pictures now, and I’m sure their more accurate than before, well, close enough to give me a good idea of the inaccuracies in my drawing.

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My hierarchy of painting importance

  1. Drawing
  2. Value
  3. Edges
  4. Composition
  5. Color

Drawing

Continuing where I left off yesterday. Here is the first stage comparison.
Continuing where I left off yesterday. Here is the first stage comparison.

Much more accurate than my previous drawings of shit figure. For some reason I still have a lot of trouble with the size of the head. It seems like the close the shape is to a circle the hard it is to get correct. Also the more I focus on a particular shape the more prominence I give it in the drawing. It is similar to staring at the moon in the night sky, if you stare at it long enough it seems to grow. Purely psychological but none the less it effects my drawing.

I remember Richard Schmid commenting on shadowed areas, saying that if you look at them closely without squinting your eyes will begin to dilate further letting in more light and you begin to see more into the shadow then necessary for the painting.

 

Finished up by adding in lighter areas. I kinda wish I didn't, but I wanted to see if I could indicate the larger areas in a lighter value leaving just a two value scale throughout.
Finished up by adding in lighter areas. I kinda wish I didn’t, but I wanted to see if I could indicate the larger areas in a lighter value leaving just a two value scale throughout.

I’m happy with the accuracy here. Although I wouldn’t call this a painting… more like a sloppy study. But I have learned from it, which gives me an idea for my next heading.

What did I learn?

  •  The envelope block-in is definitely the way to go.
  • Getting the very beginning measurements correct is paramount, as everything else will be based on these.
  • Start as general as possible (basically a big rectangle) then work into the bigger shapes and keep breaking those down further and further.
  • Don’t worry about value, simplify values into two sides, light and dark and draw those areas.
  • Look for the big planes of light and dark, then break those down further.
  • Compare every mark I lay down two different ways.

Beginning of next painting

I have already wiped this one out, to begin starting over tomorrow. You can see below, indicated by the red circle, the big mistake that basically killed more than half the drawing. The main rectangle (black) was the first and most important measurements that should have been 100% correct. Unfortunately the width was incorrect, I blame myself getting boxed in by the side of the canvas which is a very amateur move, and as a lot of my consecutive measurements were based on the placement of this initial rectangle the whole left side of the drawing was incorrect.

Actually what may have happened here is I drew a plumb line before the width was flushed out completely and that plumb line effect a lot of my initial decisions.

Beginning of the next drawing. I will have to start this one over as I got the crucial beginning drawing incorrect.
Beginning of the next drawing. I will have to start this one over as I got the crucial beginning drawing incorrect.

What did I learn?

  •  The envelope block-in is definitely the way to go.
  • Getting the very beginning measurements correct is paramount, as everything else will be based on these.
  • Compare every mark I lay down two different ways.
  • Plumb line only after the initial rectangle is established.
  • At some point there will be guessing, just make it the best guess possible through measurement.

 

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