Drawing Class II: Freestyle

At first I didn’t know what I was going to do for this week’s drawing, since it was “freestyle” week (and my VERY LAST assignment!). That is, until I saw the black marker drawing by Doug Stahl in this week’s textbook reading (sorry, I don’t think I can show it to you on here due to copyright issues). That gave me inspiration! What I probably struggled with the most over the duration of this course was using dark enough values. I was hesitant to use too heavy of marks, so my values always ended up towards the mid-range of the scale. I figured that this would be the perfect way to give myself more practice and force myself to use deep, dark, black values. So, this is a drawing of our old, beat-up Pontiac Sunfire in the hot 4:00 sun, which was casting bright highlights and darker shadows off the white paint. I used a black marker for the darkest values, a black pen for the medium tones, and a whiteout pen for all my mistakes. I am really happy with the results, and I am really happy with the results! I’m not so afraid to use really dark values anymore, and I learned that squinting really does help define the shapes of the shadows and darker areas.

40. Black Marker Value Scale Drawing


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