Mike Sibley   Comment Posted Oct.29th, 2012, viewed 135 times

Hi Uta and welcome to the course!

You need to be posting your work into each active week's classroom - for Week #1 that's here:

And you can access all the classrooms from here:
Just click on the heading of the active week to post your work into it.

I'll critique this here and then ask Admin to move it for you.

You've achieved a good range of tones and the shading is smooth. If you want to draw realistically your pencil lines should never show, and yours don't! When they do, the viewer's eye will always detect it and their brain will simply label it a "drawing" instead of something to treated as real life.

Your 4B in the top row is suggesting your paper is not very smooth - possibly vellum or watercolour paper? You'll find drawing realistically much easier on a smooth paper. The darks will be a little more difficult to achieve but midtones and lights will be very smooth.

You appear to have shaded in many directions, which is good. The more directions you can approach the pits in the surface of your paper, the more thoroughly you will fill them. That will give you much better and smooth darks.

Assume that your drawing has one very dark tone or black in it. As soon as that dark tone has been drawn you immediately determine every other tone within the drawing. If that "dark" is light you will force yourself to work with a palette of light greys. Unless it was intentional, that usually leads to a flat drawing. Setting a wide range of tones, by making your darks dark will help with three-dimensional rendering and add visual impact to your work.

In response to image:

Uta Oct.27th, 2012
Image added to Drawing from Line to Life: DG201:1 Tools, materials and shading techniques:

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