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Rembrandt Study in Pencil – Developing the Shadows

In this series we will be creating a pencil study from one of Rembrandt's portraits. This preparatory work will lead into a full painting copy of the same portrait. In this session we will be building on the shapes developed during the first session by adding variations within the darker tones. Reference Image: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/DP145913.jpg Materials White drawing paper (on a board or a sketchbook)Sharp HB and B pencilsEraser Process Look over the shadows and determine which parts are lighter and which are darker. Then begin to work your way around them, with the aim of creating variations between these darker regions. As with the first session, we don't want to go too dark and heavy too quickly. So I recommend that you add tone in gradual light passes. It might pay to add in the darkest regions quite early on. In this case we need extra dark tones under the chin. This region has a lot of contrast because the underside of the chin is quite illuminated by the white collar. Keep working your way around the shadows, building more and more variety in gradual, controlled passes.If necessary you can erase to lighten some parts (if anywhere goes too dark).Work ...
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Rembrandt Study in Pencil – Getting Started

In this series we will be creating a pencil study from one of Rembrandt's portraits. This preparatory work will lead into a full painting copy of the same portrait. In this session we will be loosely establishing the general proportions and shadows of the sketch. Reference Image: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/DP145913.jpg Materials White drawing paper (on a board or a sketchbook)Sharp HB and B pencilsEraser Process Begin by softly laying in the overall widths and heights of the portrait.Hold the pencil very far back so you don't put much pressure - it's important to keep everything very light and ghostly at this stage so that it's easy to erase and correct. Begin finding smaller shapes within these overall proportions.Keep things very light and make adjustments whenever necessary.This is a very exploratory stage so don't worry if it takes a while for things to fall into place. Once you have the major shapes sorted, you can lightly lay in the shadow tones. This will create a roughly two tone pattern that's closer to the reference.Continue to adjust these dark shapes until they are roughly in a correct relationship to one another (in terms of position and size) ...
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Drawing Tips – Using Negative Space

In this one-off session, I'll be showing you how to use the concept of negative space to help improve your observational drawing skills. You can download the reference here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/IMG_0547-scaled.jpg Process Start with a rectangle that matches your subject. Then lightly sketch in any of the shapes that surround the subject. Make sure that you focus on the shape itself and not the subject. This is how you draw the negative rather than the positive parts of the drawing.Once you have the negative shapes roughly outlined, fill them in with a light tone. Go back over the shapes and refine the details before shading them in darker ...
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Shading Tips – Smoothing with the Point of a Pencil

In this simple skills lesson, I'll be going over the basics of creating a smoother tone in pencil without using smudging techniques or damaging the paper. Materials PaperPencilsKneadable eraser Process Start by lightly shading in the shadow element of the rectangular panel.Don't press too hard at any stage as this will crush down the tooth of the paper and create a shiny surface. Keep going over this swatch in light passes.Eventually the tone will get darker and darker.However, you will notice that the specklediness gets more noticeable. This is because you are only shading the raised parts of the paper's tooth. In order to smooth the swatch out more, you will need to get the fine tip of your pencil to get into the valley's of the paper's tooth. You can do this by rotating the pencil in your fingers and changing the position of the pencil relative to the paper. Keep darkening any lighter patches and gradually the tone will get smoother. You can keep doing this for as long as you like (or until you're happy with the smoothness!) ...
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Studio Sneak Peak – Finishing a Skull

In this lesson I'll be giving you a look at a part of my process working on my own paintings (the work I create to exhibit and sell). I'll be adding the final touches to one of my miniature skulls. I begin by oiling in the dark parts of the painting (applying a thin layer of my oil and solvent mix medium)I then look for any shape errors (these are usually minor by the end of the painting)Finally, I add more subtle transitions within the shadows, lights and the halftones that connect the two ...
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Pear and Ink

Today we'll be doing a fun little study of a pear in pen and ink. Super simple materials and a nice straightforward process. You can either use the same reference as me (link below) or find your own. Reference - http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/IMG_0541-scaled.jpg Materials Quill penIndian InkWaterDrawing paperPaper towel for clean up Process Begin by faintly sketching in the width and height of the pear. Then use light, mostly short, strokes to fill out the outside of the pear and leaf before starting to use short, hatched strokes to create a tonal fill. Shadows will need a greater build up of strokes. Keep working this way until you have hatched in all the shadows and lightly added the halftones (don't add too many halftones as it will get too dark) ...
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Drawing a Detailed Urban Scene: Finishing

In this series we will be creating a detailed pencil sketch from an urban subject. In this session we will be finishing the drawing. You can download the reference image here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG-0536-scaled.jpg Materials PencilsPaperEraser Process Begin by sketching in the outer sections of the drawing.Keep these parts looser than the focal point (central elements) Then lay in any foreground elements that hovers over the mid and backgorund portions of the drawing.Make any organic element a bit looser than the man-made subjects. Finish by erasing any smudges and re-emphasising the darkest darks and sharper edges ...
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Drawing a Detailed Urban Scene: Rendering Part 2

In this series we will be creating a detailed pencil sketch from an urban subject. In this session we will be finishing the drawing. You can download the reference image here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG-0536-scaled.jpg Materials PencilsPaperEraser Process As in the previous section - you want to keep it quite focused and avoid the urge to move around the whole drawing as this can be distracting. You also want to continue to look for sharp and softer edges. For example - the fire escape needs to be a lot more contrasty and sharper than the soft shadow on the wall behind. This will help create the impression that the escape is sitting in front of the wall in space ...
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Drawing a Detailed Urban Scene: Starting the Rendering

In this series we will be creating a detailed pencil sketch from an urban subject. In this session we will begin redenering a specific section of the drawing. You can download the reference image here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG-0536-scaled.jpg Materials PencilsPaperEraser Process Begin by selecting that part of the sketch you want to render.Try to keep it quite focused and avoid the urge to move around the whole drawing as this can be distracting. Look for useful architectural elements to divide the bigger shapes.Pay attention to the nature of different shadows; some will be harsh whereas others will be much softer.Capturing these variations will add a lot of visual interest to your drawing. Once you've added as much detail as you want, take a step back and make final larger adjustments to ensure that everything is cohesive ...
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Drawing a Detailed Urban Scene: Blocking in Tones

In this series we will be creating a detailed pencil sketch from an urban subject. In this session we will be laying in general tones to start arranging the values across the drawing. You can download the reference image here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG-0536-scaled.jpg Materials PencilsPaperEraser Process Begin with a few very general passes based on the general fall of light across the scene.In this case the light is coming from the top left so the buildings get generally darker towards the bottom right portion of the scene. After laying these general tones you can start to differentiate other larger tonal differences (such as the doors, windows and the fire escape).Try to do it gradually as this approach will afford more control. Keep going with this approach until all the major parts of the scene are roughed in ...
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