Reading the book The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William L. Maughan (The drawing is the front cover of the book.)
-An Italian term meaning light (chiaro) and dark (oscuro).
-Technique of drawing light and shadow to form the illusion of three dimension.
-"Duplicating the exact shapes of both light and shadow, and paying particular attention to the edges between the two, is fundamental to capturing a likeness."
-Uses Strathmore's charcoal paper "Velvet Gray"; CarbOthello pastel pencils "Caput Mortuum Red" and "Titanium White."
-Paper serves as midtone, Red is shadow, White is highlight.
-Eyes should be the only part of a portrait in sharp focus. All other features should have soft, fuzzy edges.
The method of drawing shadow shapes seems a much more intuitive way to draw than the egghead with longitude and latitude lines. I never understood how to get from that to a realistic portrait.
I'm only to the middle of Chapter 2 at this point. Scanning forward into Chapter 3 I see he starts showing the step-by-step instructions on how to draw a portrait correctly.
I did this one bass-ackards.
I should have waited.
Monday, March 22, 2010