Exercise Two – Part Two – Combining Shapes
Exercise Two – Part Two:
The focus of Exercise Two is shape and value. Using the same drawing tool you used in Exercise One, draw several closed form sketches (defined in the last post) of two or more objects making sure they are connected by either touching one another or by overlapping shadows. Return to the sketches at a later time and without referring to the objects, apply values to the sketch using the same media you used in Part One of this exercise. I drew my sketch with a fountain pen and painted in the values with watercolor and brush using only Burnt Umber pigment. Adjust the values to connect the shapes of the objects to your liking, without concern for reality.
Ink and Watercolor sketch of Matchbox and Match – The objects were lit from above by three ceiling lights, casting three separate shadows upon the table. I exaggerated the darkness of the matchbox shadows to give a stronger connection to the single match. I like the way the shadow shapes suggest the action of the sides unfolding onto the table. Imagine the variation of the shapes if I had painted the shadows the same value as the sides of the box. Practice visualizing variations in your head.