PRACTICE ASSIGNMENTS: Want to keep practicing during the week? Try these exercises:
First try some shading with the TIP of your pencil (grind it down to a flat edge first, the “sweet spot” like I demonstrated in class). Practice blending smoothly from light to dark or dark to light, using both the scribble style and the smoother style shown below. Remember that the lower ellipse of the cylinder will be more round (closer to a circle) than the upper ellipse.
Then practice shading with the SIDE of your pencil, laying it flat on the paper. This brings out more of the texture (tooth) of the paper. Practice making flat tones and graded tones (going from dark to light or light to dark)
PRACTICE EXERCISE 2 – DRAWING CYLINDERS – COPY THE DRAWINGS BELOW, STEP BY STEP
In the final drawing below, I’ve shaded the inside of the cylinder, and created a “core” of shadow on the outside which goes almost (but not quite) to the edge. I’ll show you more about “shadow cores” in the next class.
More finished drawing using this method:
Next, try drawing some actual cylinders (from “life,” not from a photo). Put a cylindrical object on a table in front of you. Shine a light on it from one side so that the other side is in shadow. Don’t worry if your drawings come out perfect, just practice for a while and have fun.
MORE PRACTICE PICS
If you’d like more of a challenge, try drawing the pictures below:
Have fun drawing! See you next week.
P.S. Here’s the video we watched in class, Try doing a similar exercise with an actual three dimensional object that has a handle.