|The first time I worked through 30 days of drawing I was learning how to draw again after spending several years away from it and was having a difficult time remembering how to put my mind into “drawing ” gear. Afterward, moving into my drawing zone was easy and natural feeling. That experience taught me a couple of things.
No-Rule Rules For 30 Days Of Drawing (For people who hate rules as much as I do.)
My Odd Stick-It-To-Your-Sketchbook Method For 30 Days Of Drawing Success
It’s surprisingly challenging to draw everyday for a month, so I invented this quirky but convenient way to draw small objects.
What To Tell People When They Ask Why You’ve Got Something Stuck to Your Sketchbook
I stuck this round nut to the paper by squishing it onto a piece of kneaded eraser. This is a neat way to keep a small object secure if want to break a drawing session into smaller pieces of time. You just have to be sure to adjust the angle of the pad when you come back so the shadows look the same.
I Drew The Nut With My Usual Sketching Style
(… only now it couldn’t get away!)
I arranged my light until the hazelnut cast a small sharp shadow. (I draw that in step three.)
Using an HB pencil, I made the drawing the same size as the nut and took height and width measurements from the nut and transferred them to the paper.
This image enlarged quite a bit so you can see it better.
A couple of pointers:
Erase Extra Lines And Hatch
I erased the “wrong” lines and lightened the outline I by tapping it with a kneaded eraser.
Then I hatched in the mid values in the dark and light sections of the nut.
And then I took a break.
About Mid Values
I usually use a mid range hatch value to begin shading. You can read more about how to do that here:
Added Darkest Values
After I was back from my break, I made sure the nut cast the same shadow so that I’d be drawing it from the same angle.
Then I added dark value with a softer 2B pencil. I outlined the dark detail line around the shape at the top of the nut, hatched in the value patterns I saw on the rest of the nut, and added the cast shadow.
The cast shadow was the darkest value of all, so I made sure the darkest values on the nut were lighter than that.
Notice that I’m not too concerned about details yet. I just added the very obvious line around the top of the nut and refined the edge shape of the nut a little.
This step was all about comparison and adjustment. As I worked, my eyes were constantly comparing my hatched values and shapes to the real nut.
I added a lot of dark hatching in this step, so that means I was too timid with first mid range hatch. If it had been darker, it would have saved some time in this step.
Erased The Light Values
Erasers aren’t as exact as pencil tips, so I shaped my kneaded eraser into points and wedges to dab and rub out the light areas.
There were two types of light valued shapes I paid attention to.
This is a very dark nut and I realized I’d got carried away and erased too much. That’s fixed in the next step.
Corrections and Final Details
I used the harder pencil to go back over and slightly darken and reshape the edges of the details.
Details look the most real when their shadows are drawn right, so I kept the direction of the light in mind as I observed and drew were the shadows fell.
This last step was very much about comparison again. My eyes were on the nut as much as they were on my drawing, flicking back and forth so I could superimpose one over the other for a fraction of a second to compare them.
Edited 3/09/11 – added pencil grades and link to hatching how to lesson.
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