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Sketching a Shell in Graphite and Carbon – Finishing it off

In this series, we will be creating a rendered drawing of a broken shell using a mix of graphite and carbon pencils. In this final session we will be refining the texture of the shell and make some final adjustments to the tonal relationships. You can download the same reference I'm using here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/P1090886-scaled.jpg Here is a rough materials guide: PaperOld bristle brush for blendingGraphite pencils (mix of hardnesses)Carbon Pencil (mix of hardnesses)Kneadable eraser Begin by shading in the background behind the shell.This will ensure that the highlights on the shell are the brightest parts of the drawings.(Leaving the background white would make the highlights stand out less). Then use a mixture of the graphite pencil and carbon pencil to add more specific textures to the shell.This may involve softening transitions or it could mean adding contrast in some areas. Finish by punching out the darkest parts with carbon pencil and erasing the highlights.This will make the most of tonal range available.That's it! ...
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Sketching a Shell in Graphite and Carbon – Deepening the Tones

In this series, we will be creating a rendered drawing of a broken shell using a mix of graphite and carbon pencils. This session will be spent darkening the shadows and the darker halftones using gradual passes of tone. You can download the same reference I'm using here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/P1090886-scaled.jpg Here is a rough materials guide: PaperOld bristle brush for blendingGraphite pencils (mix of hardnesses)Carbon Pencil (mix of hardnesses)Kneadable eraser Begin by adding in the darkest shadows using the carbon pencil.This will give you an idea of how dark the darkest parts of the drawing can be (thereby show the range available between the darkest sections and the lightest).You can then use the old bristle brush to smooth out the charcoal and soften the edges of the shadows. Once you've laid in the darkest parts using carbon, switch back to graphite pencil and start laying in gradual passes of darker halftones.Start with the darkest parts first.It's always a good idea to work from dark to light and preserve the white of the paper for brighter highlights. Keep adding more and more passes of tone until you've roughly matched the reference. Don't worry about any details yet though! ...
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Sketching a Shell in Graphite and Carbon

In this series, we will be creating a rendered drawing of a broken shell using a mix of graphite and carbon pencils. This session will be focused on getting the basic shapes and shadows of the shell loosely sketched in. You can download the same reference I'm using here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/P1090886-scaled.jpg Here is a rough materials guide: PaperGraphite pencils (mix of hardnesses)Carbon Pencil (mix of hardnesses)Kneadable eraser Begin by lightly sketching in the curves of the shell.You are looking to get the overall proportions roughly correct at this stage.Don't worry about adding lots of detail.If you notice any mistakes at any point, don't hesitate to erase and correct them. Next, you can lay in the main shadow shapes and shade them in lightly too.Once again, avoid adding lots of detail yet. Just focus on the major shapes and forms. Finally, you can lay in more precise outlines now that everything is roughly correct.You can also start shading in the halftones a bit to begin to turn the lighter forms ...
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Bighorn in Watercolour – Finishing the Painting

In this series of lessons, I will be showing you how to make a watercolour painting from a bighorn sheep reference. In this session we will be adding final details and washes. MATERIALS Watercolour paperSeveral small - medium soft brushesWatercolour paints (anything you have to hand)Water potPaper towel or rag Reference Image: https://unsplash.com/photos/6Uh-fJizwlw Following on from the penultimate lesson (Part 4) we will be continuing to add fur details using a smaller brush.You should try to focus on getting as much variation in colour as possible (within reason). You may also need to adjust some larger regions of colour and or tone as well as the relationship between different areas.Think about the overall value statement across the whole artwork at this stage and make any necessary corrections (I had to darken the lighter part of the neck for instance). It is best to finish by punching out the darkest notes (and background) to get the image as defined as possible ...
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Bighorn in Watercolour – Adding in Finer Details

In this series of lessons, I will be showing you how to make a watercolour painting from a bighorn sheep reference. In this session we will be using a very small brush to add more details in the fur and horns. MATERIALS Watercolour paperSeveral small - medium soft brushesWatercolour paints (anything you have to hand)Water potPaper towel or rag Reference Image: https://unsplash.com/photos/6Uh-fJizwlw You will only need a very small brush for this stage.You can use the same colour mixtures that you used for the previous passes.Feel free to play around with colour accents though (dashes of more saturated or greater colours). Look for details like the finer ridging in the horns or the fur.Pay particular attention to what's happening at the shadow edge as this is where more texture is apparent. I also recommend that you try to maintain a reasonable amount of white paper to maintain a sense of luminosity in the picture ...
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Bighorn in Watercolour – Developing the Halftones

In this series of lessons, I will be showing you how to make a watercolour painting from a bighorn sheep reference. In this session we will be adding transitions and textures in the halftones. MATERIALS Watercolour paperSeveral small - medium soft brushesWatercolour paints (anything you have to hand)Water potPaper towel or rag Reference Image: https://unsplash.com/photos/6Uh-fJizwlw Begin by adding the darkest halftones in gradual washes. These will be developed out of the shadow edge.Try to avoid adding tone in the light areas for now as we don't want to lose the luminosity of the image.You can allow the brush to splay a bit because this will create a texture that emulates fur. Once the halftones are in, you can go back into the shadows and start to lay some darker sections again.This will likely be needed to create enough tonal space for the halftones to work. Likewise, you can push the background much darker as well, because this will help to pop out the bighorn and enhance the glow of the lightest parts.You can use wet washes at the edge of this dark tone to create a blurry transition ...
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Bighorn in Watercolour – Laying in Darker Colours

In this series of lessons, I will be showing you how to make a watercolour painting from a bighorn sheep reference. In this session I will be showing you how to lay in some darker tones / colours in order to separate the shadows and lights more clearly. MATERIALS Watercolour paperSeveral small - medium soft brushesWatercolour paints (anything you have to hand)Water potPaper towel or rag Reference Image: https://unsplash.com/photos/6Uh-fJizwlw I would begin with the background as this will help separate the bighorn from its surroundings.Use a fairly big brush for speed (and to avoid adding too much detail too quickly).If there are any suggestions of shapes or colour shifts, you can go ahead and suggest them - in a fairly blurry manner ideally (using wet into wet brushwork). Once the background is in place you can start washing darker tones over the subject in shadow. Colours may vary; the horn shadows are much yellower and warmer than the cooler tones of the fur in shadows for example. You can finish by swapping to a smaller brush and adding some more specific dark notes and define the shadow edges more definitively ...
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Bighorn in Watercolour – Initial Wash Painting

In this series of lessons, I will be showing you how to make a watercolour painting from a bighorn sheep reference. In this first session we will be going straight in with a watercolour wash. MATERIALS Watercolour paperSeveral small - medium soft brushesWatercolour paints (anything you have to hand)Water potPaper towel or rag Reference Image: https://unsplash.com/photos/6Uh-fJizwlw Begin by using extremely diluted watercolour with your biggest brush.It doesn't matter what colours you use really, as this initial pass of paint will be so light.Try to keep your lines simple as you feel out the proportions.Make sure to correct anything that is wrong as soon as you notice. The fewer proportion mistakes at this stage, the easier it will be to continue with the rest of the piece. Once the general shapes are blocked in, you can use the diluted paint to start massing in the darker shadowy regions of the piece. Then you can use the smaller brush to start developing more specific details across the piece.You can make the paint less diluted for this stage (not super dark - just slightly darker than the first pass over).If you have got pretty good proportions from the first two stages, you should ...
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Detailed Brush and Pen Drawing – Final Touches

This is a series that will show you how to make an artwork in ink using a mixture of brushwork and pen. In this session you will learn how to add final details to finish the piece off. You can use the same reference as me by downloading it here: https://i1.wp.com/drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/P1090849.jpg Materials Watercolour paperSmall soft round brushIndian inkWater potPencil Use a very small brush to add very small details.You don't need to change anything drastic - just add to what is already there.Use a mixture of lighter, washier tones and richer, darker tones with less diluted ink. Pay particular attention to the textures that occur where the forms are turning from light to dark as this is where they will be most pronounced.You can add details in the darker areas as well.At this stage we are working over the entire piece as one thing. That's it! You should have completed a lovely ink piece in pen and brush πŸ™‚ ...
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Detailed Brush and Pen Drawing – Bolder Accents

This is a series that will show you how to make an artwork in ink using a mixture of brushwork and pen. In this session we will be darkening the accents in the shadows to increase contrast. You can use the same reference as me by downloading it here: https://i1.wp.com/drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/P1090849.jpg Materials Watercolour paperSmall soft round brushIndian inkWater potPencil This time we will be using less diluted ink in order to make sure that the darker tones are extra punchy. Start with the parts of the shadows that are near black and then work your way towards lighter shadows. This is still somewhat 'glazing' based as the ink will still be slightly transparent as it dries.Take advantage of this by applying a few passes of ink to soften gradations. You can also begin to add more refined textures where necessary.We will be continuing to add more textures with a small brush next week as we move towards completion ...
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