Friday, May 13, 2011


As a follow up to the previous post, here are examples of block-ins in the early stages. At this stage there are two main goals. Spacing and placing - not looking for detail, but trying to stay simple with the shapes. The other goal is establishing the light/dark pattern. This doesn't mean going black. My light value will be the paper and my dark will be a middle gray. Often I stay fairly light with this dark pattern knowing I will later need to go back and strengthen the pattern once I'm comfortable with my placement. Blacks will be reserved for later in the drawing if needed. These were done as demos in my portrait drawing class. Each one is about 20 min.

These drawing are examples of block-ins taken a little farther. About 1 - 1.5 hrs. The big light/dark pattern should still be clearly evident.