Hyper Real Skull Study in Pencil – Rendering the Small Forms and Finishing

In this final session, we will be building on the larger tones that we added during the last part. We will be following a similar process but focus in on smaller forms and textures, so that the skull can look as detailed as possible.

  • Start by putting some final touches on the background and cast shadow.
  • Blend the penumbra of the cast shadow into the background so that it sits behind the skull (this helps pop the subject off the surface of the paper even more).
  • Then look for the smaller forms within the larger forms that we added during the previous session.
  • They will tend to be more prominent nearer the shadow edge (particular rougher textures).
  • Work your way gradually across the whole drawing until you have added all the smaller forms.
  • Once they are in you’re done! You may find that you need to use the eraser to clean up any smudges and to make sure that the highlight in the centre of the skull is as bright as possible.

The materials you will need for this course are:

  • Paper
  • Range of pencils (H, HB, B, 2B) – ideally a few mechanical pencils as well as regular ones.
  • Kneadable eraser

You can download the source image for the series here:

http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/IMG_20200610_175508.jpg

Hyper Real Skull Study in Pencil – Building the Big Forms

In this session we will be making the skull more 3D by adding halftones. Halftones get gradually darker as they move towards the shadow edge, which makes it look like the form is turning away from the light source.

  • Start with the biggest form, in this case it’s the large ‘egg’ shapes of the skull. The lightest part of the drawing is in the middle of the skull so any parts of the skull that move away from that point will get gradually darker.
  • I suggest that you work with large general tones first before working on the smaller forms (we will save that for later sessions).
  • You can use the kneadable eraser rounded to a point if you go too dark with any of your tones.
  • It’s usually best to err on the side of being lighter than you think rather than darker as it’s always easier to add tone and trickier to remove it.
  • Finally, once the large tones have been added you can start to soften some of the shadow edges into them (where necessary).

The materials you will need for this course are:

  • Paper
  • Range of pencils (H, HB, B, 2B) – ideally a few mechanical pencils as well as regular ones.
  • Kneadable eraser

You can download the source image for the series here:

http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/IMG_20200610_175508.jpg

Hyper Real Skull Study in Pencil – Developing the Shadows

In this session we will be darkening and adding variations within the shadows of the skull.

  • Its best to darken the tones with gradual lighter passes rather than going really dark straight away. This will help you to stay in control of the tones and remove the need to erase too much (which can make it trickier to get an even tone).
  • As a right-hander I like to work left to right so that I don’t smudge as much (if you’re left-handed, you can work from right to left).
  • Look for where the shadows are darker and where they are lighter.
  • As a general rule – the shadows will be darker nearer the shadow edge (where it meets the light) and any deep creases where light can’t bounce around.
  • The lighter parts of the shadows are usually filled by light that is reflected into them (reflected lights).
  • Once the general tones are added, you can smooth them out using a fine mechanical pencil or sharpened wooden pencil.
  • Finish by reinforcing the darkest accents within the shadows.

The materials you will need for this course are:

  • Paper
  • Range of pencils (H, HB, B, 2B) – ideally a few mechanical pencils as well as regular ones.
  • Kneadable eraser

You can download the source image for the series here:

http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/IMG_20200610_175508.jpg