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Sketchbook Assignment

Week 9

                  Don't forget The Rules! For more information on what will be accepted in your sketchbook, click here.
         Drawing 1, A Texture or Object          For 10 minutes, draw a shiny ceramic coffee cup.. More work on shine and surfaces. Some hints...
  • Lightly draw the outline of your cup. Make sure the bottom oval is the same as the top. Many new artist will draw an nice round top (lip) of the cup, but flatten out the bottom. If anything, it's slightly reversed, with a slightly rounder bottom arc. Then lightly draw the outline of the major color/value changes.
  • If you're having trouble seeing the edges of the tones, squeeze one eye shut. This will flatten the image and make it easier for you to analyze it.
  • The shinier and harder the object, the sharper the edges of the values changes, especially the darkest tones and the specular highlights (shiny bits).
  • Speaking of specular highlights, don't lose them! Don't shade over them or smudge.
  • You'll have at least three tones, bright white, medium grey and your darkest tone.

    Drawing a Cup of Coffee

    This guy uses WAY too many pencils and markers, but it's fun to watch. Note how he blocks out the shapes of the shine first. If you do that, you're halfway home.

             Drawing 2, A Living Thing         

    For 10 minutes, draw a foot in a sock. See if you can show the texture of the sock on the outside and the structure of the foot on the inside. Some hints...

  • The thinner the sock, the closer it clings to the foot and the more the foot inside shows. The thicker sock obscures more of the foot and smoothes out the edges.
  • Remember to draw a few wrinkles where the ankle bends. Remember the cloth over elbow and knees drawings you did and use them to figure out the stress and the direction of the wrinkles.
  •          Drawing Socks on a Foot
             Drawing 3, Free Draw          For 10 minutes, draw a character of your choice.         

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