Wednesday, 11 January 2012


Here is a brief recap on the warm up session  from this weeks class.

When  putting pencil to paper to create your initial ideas for your drawing , try to keep your pencil work nice and loose and light.  Maybe fill a few pages with lots of possibilities.
Notice the flow of the the pose that starts with  the neck, continuing through the body and along the tail. Try to create shapes that are pleasing to the eye.
I have marked out in read how this drawing  is broken down into simple shapes.
here you will notice I have added the wings.
Once you have established the shape of the pose you can then start to refine the structure, establishing the features of the head, arms and claws.

When applying shading to your drawing, always consider the light source and it's position. Below are the three main obvious light source positions for this drawing. As an exercise you can try other angle or more intense or less intense light sources.
Pictured above we have the dragon lit with a light source from above. The underside of the dragon's belly and limbs would be hidden from the light so they would be cast in shadow. The inside of the wings may catch the light depending on  the exact angle of the light source and how close it is. Depending on the angle of the wings the underside could be cast in shadow. This would also help throw out the shape of the head and make it more prominent. A bit of artistic license can also be applied to highlight areas that are in danger of becoming lost against a background of the same or similar tone.

The image above shows the dragon lit from below. So what was in shadow due to the light source being positioned above will now be exposed to light.

The image above shows the dragon lit from the side. I would not recommend lighting the dragon from the left (as we are looking at it) as it would cast the main features of this drawing into shadow, which would not make sense for a single figure drawing with no background.

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