Monday, July 28, 2008

Tanna's Background - The final lesson


I am afraid there is really not a lot to say on the background. If you have been following the tutorials then you have heard me say "focus on the lights and shadows" so much it is likely getting annoying. Also, if you have made it this far and you have successfully created a graphite likeness of Tanna, then the background should be a piece of cake. My only other advice to you is to rely on the tortillion. You should have built up enough graphite on it by now that you can use it quite well as a drawing tool. For instance, I blended the darkest areas of the background and then proceded to do then entire tie-died fabric with the tortillion alone. I never touched it with the pencil.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment. If you run into any problems let me know. I am happy to do whatever I can to help.

Just remember....you are never drawing objects. You only ever draw lights and shadows. Even when you are doing color, you are still working with lights and shadows. You are just giving them hues.

That is it for this first series of lessons. I am not sure what I am going to do for the next one. I will let you know as soon as I come up with something. For that matter, if you have anything that you would like for me to cover, let me know.

2 comments:

shicat said...

oh my! That's really something.wowowowowowowowo

Michael said...

Hi Cat,

Thanks for the compliment. This portrait was a joy to work on. Tanna is such a wonderful little girl and capturing her personality fantastic.