Tuesday, March 16, 2010


One can easily overlook certain elements that can become big obstacles to getting the drawing right. Perspective, foreshortening, value range, proportion, etc. are all critical in making a successful piece. I began the drawing of Vikki in graphite by mapping out volumes/shapes and building up from there. Half way through I realized that I had not captured the pose correctly as I elongated the legs to make up for foreshortening, an easy thing to miss. I corrected that in the second drawing using vine charcoal and the very methodical optical reduction method which fixed the drawing and made the pose stand out much more. The highlights were achieved with white pastel.

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