Tuesday, November 1, 2016

DProject 03: Drawing and Blending Techniques

In this video we are going take a look at different types of drawing and shading techniques with the traditional tools we discussed in the last video.
We are not going to use digital tools like Photoshop because for the basics we want to be able to use standard drawing tools.

You can see me here preparing about 6 different circles with my compass tool and we make balls out of them with different shading techniques.

Schading 1
There are different types of tonal shading and I will show you a few now with the tools I have.
One old school method that is used is hatching. There is hatching which means creating the shadow with lines going all into the same direction and there is cross hatching with lines crossing each other. Leonardo DaVinci did a nice job with cross hatching. The lines do not need to be placed the way I did it all tidy and stuff. Some artists do it on a more chaotic way but Da Vinci did it very well and it looks better like this to me.
Then there is smudging which means applying multiple layers of pigment and then smudge it with your finger to create a nice gradient.
Next is a shading method with copic markers and here you apply 3 different grey tones like 30, 50 and 70 % gray. Firs foll th circle with 30% then add the darkest color at the bottom and flick the color by pressing hard drag a line up and release pressure. Then add the medium color in the same way. And then blend everything together with the lightest color. For me this method did not work as well as in the video I found probably because of the paper I use but I have another technique that works better.
Next is a new tool. The brush tip pen or pitt brush pen. It’s like painting with a brush but it’s not a brush. It has a brush tip. And you can create a gradient by applying color from dark to light and you can blend the together by smudging with the next lighter color so to speak…

Then the last one on this page is called stippling or pointillism and all you do is adding many many dots. Stupid way of shading I find. Takes forever….
Shading 2
Alright and here on this sheet I tried it again with copic and this time I dried following the shape with my marker, imagining the shadows flow and going from dark to light. There is an extra marker without color that helps you to push the color a bit. Using this method worked better for me.
Second I gave the brush pens another try and I think I can create fine gradients with it but you can destroy the paper with it relatively quickly as you can see….
Last technique is called swirling by which you create shadow by making circular motions and fill the form until it looks the way you want.