OCAD Studio: Pencil Portrait 3

Blocking in Form Through Halftones

  • Now that the shadows and dark tones are roughed in, you can begin developing the form by adding halftones.
  • It is best to add tone in blocks or ‘planes’ as you still want to keep things as simple as possible to allow for changes.
  • As each plane turns towards the light it will get darker – the closer the tone is to the shadow, the darker it will be.
  • It will enhance the sense of the big form of the head by figuring out where the lightest highlights are and darkening away from this point generally and gradually.
  • Once the planes are blocked in, you can go back and erase highlights and lighten tones where necessary.

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