"I say to myself, Take jour time with this. You have the rest ofyour life to finish it. My goal is to slow down, to tell nyself not to rush."
-student jamie keever
As you add values to your sketches, -ZjL they will gain a sense of dimension and weight. They may look less like fleeting impressions and more like solid objects, especially at a distance. The more time you spend adding visual information to your drawing, the closer you get to creating a study. The name itself
This is a refinement of scribbling, used where you want few discernible pencil strokes to show. It's easiest to achieve with a 2H pencil. Hold it loosely, with the point barely touching the paper, exerting no pressure as you make a soft gray value by jiggling the pencil gently. Change the direction of your application further by letting your elbow rise and fall from your side as you work.
The many different values shown here turn even a simple subject like this eraser into an interesting picture. drawing by student margaret r. adams implies that the artist has spent time closely observing the object, often a single object. This scrutiny may result in more substantial, solid-looking drawings, with more detail and refined technique. The major differences between sketch and study are that in creating a study, more time is spent at a slower pace, adding a greater amount of detail, with more refined value application.
take your time
Many beginners wonder if they're taking too long. It's not how long you take; it's how long the drawing takes. Just stay with it until it feels and looks finished-to you.
If your sketches are developing into studies, or you'd like them to, add the following points to your drawing approach. For creating a study:
• Break up contour lines into smaller overlapping lines.
• Keep your pencil in closer contact with the paper surface.
• Fill in values with greater precision.
• Evaluate each area more frequently.
The many different values shown here turn even a simple subject like this eraser into an interesting picture. drawing by student margaret r. adams
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illusion of two different surfaces—leather metal—was created by using varied values pencil strokes, drawing by student angela lowy m illusion of two different surfaces—leather metal—was created by using varied values pencil strokes, drawing by student angela lowy m
Deep folds and subtle creases turn a humble paper bag into an ideal subject for a pencil study with a wide value range, drawing by student iane wolansky
"I had to do some homework for class, so I grabbed a water bottle as I was running out of the house, put it on a glass table by the pool, and drew while the kids swam—then went to many other places, drawing when I could. I didn't go back and change it, didn't have any high expectations. I just wanted to do my homework and make some progress." —student Pamela shilling
This ball of string, or any sphere, takes on roundness when dark-to-light values are added to express three-dimensionality. drawing by student lucia motta-silva
Make studies and sketches, with and without values, and do lots of try-outs-just to see what happens. Continue to be on the lookout for subject matter that engages your interest and gives you the urge to draw.
"I had zilch training when I started the course. I began the mushroom in class, and it was so detailed, I was a bit scared, but became completely engrossed. We'd been taught to step back every so often, and I realized I'd been sitting there for long without doing that. I was shocked when I stood back, and all the pieces matched up. Usually, things don't match up, and I have a lot of erasing to do. But the fact that the contour drawing joined up gave me confidence. I took the mushroom home, and got more engrossed in the detail. I thought I'd been working for about a half hour, but it was about three hours!"
—student helen lobrano
"I eliminated detail by squinting and just saw the shapes. It was really fun, the most fun. I just let myself go." —student anne ballantyne
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