Cast Drawing Jan G

Hi Matt,

Firstly thanks for the great link you posted on the cast drawing course.    This drawing was a real struggle not least because of all the different values.  Secondly I changed my paper to a Strathmore Bristol 300 series Vellum as opposed to the really cheap paper I had been using.  I found it extremely difficult to work on; the graphite wouldn’t fill up the tooth making it extremely grainy and in parts had to blend with a cotton bud, which wasn’t the look I was going for.  Smoothly transitioning through the values and getting those soft edges, of which there were many, also proved difficult and am disappointed because I know I could have done so much better.  With regards to the values it all looks way too dark until I squint and only then does it all seem to balance out and look acceptable.  I guess me and dark values is a battle I’m not about to win anytime soon. 

Lastly on a positive note I remember you talking about interesting edges and paid particular attention to these on HER right side.  I thought by darkening those edges but having the background lighter on that side would emphasise this.  Welcome your thoughts Matt.  Many thanks    


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February 23, 2020

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