Realistic Drawing Techniques Part 4

Graphite Realism Drawing Course How To Draw A Realistic Egg Step by Step
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Transcript

Hello, and welcome back, I hope that you're having a great time with your drawing. I sure am, I'm having a lot of fun with this. And at this point here, I added some more graphite. I added the shadow to this, but what I want to do is I want to talk about what I did and what I'm looking at. So to begin with, you can tell from this image right here, I could see that the image is done. If I wanted to, at this point, I could just say, you know what I'm done.

I'm happy with it. Or I can continue to keep adding more value and detail to it if I choose to. And that's a great thing about how I draw. I draw consistently throughout the whole drawing. And then this way I could say, Okay, I'm done with the drawing, or I want to continue to add detail, but I'm doing it consistently throughout the drawing. I'm not just doing one little section, I do use the grid method to be able to map The proportions of these subjects and I'm drawn, but I don't go block by block.

Depending on the detail you might see in future videos, I might concentrate on that a little bit. But for the most part, what I do is I draw the whole subject. And then I just continue to add layers almost like a painter, almost like someone painting a picture and they just keep adding layers and layers and colors and colors. And then all of a sudden, you have this beautiful image that you've created. So when I look at this drawing right now, I look back at it, I see this. First of all, I want to talk about light.

The light is being shined on right here, you can see where the light source is coming from. And also you can see the reflective light right here, and you can see the shadow. So it's kind of going in this direction. You can see that because of how I've mapped out all of the values for this drug. Now, I might want to Blend in some of this reflective light here, maybe that's a little bit too light for me. I can blend that in if I want to.

But you could see the dark right here to the reference. That's right. And there's a beautiful curve there. So when you draw on this, you want to draw that beautiful curve. And that's really important. And then this way it looks like it's actually popping off that paper.

You want to have that curve, you want to follow the curve. And also you can see right here with the shadow, this is a little bit darker, and it gets lighter as it goes past the subject. And I want to make sure that I'm accurate with that because then that's really telling me which way that that light is actually shining on to the egg. Now I can make this darker and I'm probably going to do that anyways. I'm going to continue with this drawing just so you can watch me actually bring this egg to more life I guess you could call it or Or to make it look as realistic as I can. And just go through some different techniques that I go through with my drawn.

But I hope you have a great time with this. And I hope you're not getting discouraged because it does take a long time. This isn't something that's going to happen very quickly. And my john style definitely is not something that you're going to be able to get done in an hour or two. So that's something to think about when you're when you're doing a project like this. If you want it to look good, it's going to take some time to get it done.

So be prepared to put in some time but have fun with the whole process. Because as I'm looking at this right now, I'm like, wow, that that's that's coming to life. It looks like it's starting to pop off that page. And it's just graphite, and a piece of paper. That's what's amazing. It's graphite, a pencil and a flat piece of paper and you can create that depth you can create that illusion of 3d on a 2d surface just with a pencil and some paper.

That's it. And I want to help you to do that. And you can do that and you're going to be able to do that. It just takes time and it takes practice. That's all it is. It's as simple as that.

So right now, I'm going to be taking my two H pencil. And I'm just going to be kind of going over some areas that I see that need to be a little smoothed out. So when you're looking at your paper, just make sure you're looking at the values and make sure that you're making a subtle value change. You want it to go from the darkest point to the lighter, so then it creates that form, that illusion of depth. The the curve of the subject that you're creating. Now the quicker the value changes, then the more it's going to stand out.

So you got to be careful if you're going to be drawing animals or if you're going to be drawing portraits or actually anything that you draw, you want to be careful of the curve, you want to be careful of how the light is hitting the subject. And you also want to understand the value changes in how soft they're actually going to the lighter values of the drawn. That's really important. As you drawn, I want you to always look back at your reference image, always look back. Now sometimes, when I'm drawing, what happens is I'll get focused on this one little section of the the subject that I'm working on, and then I lose focus of the whole picture. So that's what's great about this technique is when i'm john, I don't complete a john in one day.

So the next day Go back to the drawing. And you're always going to see it a little bit different than when you finished drawing for a session, you're going to be able to say, Oh, you know what, this needs a little bit of adjusting. Or maybe I'm, I need some more value here. Or maybe maybe you have to make more of a subtle change here. And the layers that you add on to your drawing, and the way that you adjust your drawn is going to make your drawings look as good as you can make them. So that's a great thing.

So always look at your reference, study a reference, see where the lights hitting it, see the subtle value changes, and then analyze that to your drawn. Say, am I on target here? Is this the right curve? Is this the right value that I want? Is this section too late? Is it too dark?

Ask yourself questions? What can can I do to make this drawn look better. That's looking better already to me right now I just started adding some value to that reflective light area, and it started to blend in a little bit better. This way, it doesn't look like a shine or light going in that direction. So I'm just going to continue to add some value to that. And I'm just adding it very slowly, very softly.

I don't want to put too dark right now. And if I do, that's okay, because I can take some value off. One of the best things that I've learned throughout the years is that I want to have the control of adding graphite and taking graphite off. I don't want to struggle I don't want to be almost at the end. of completing a project and realize that I gotta take some graphite off somewhere and I can't because I pressed too hard or I ruined the paper. I want to be able to do that whenever I can or whenever I find that I need to, and that's just by adding this graphite on layer by layer by layer, and doing it nice and soft and nice and easy and not pressing too hard on the pencil.

I'm just using that way to that pencil. And if I need to, I can take my kneaded eraser or my mono zero eraser and I can just take off that value. And this is already starting to look a lot better from start not make that reflective light look more realistic. I want to have that value of the color of the egg. Now what I'm going to do, what's important if you can see this is that now that I'm adding value to this reflective light, what's happening the shadow is becoming lighter. And that's because every single time that I add graphite to an area, the area around it is going to get lighter.

Because I'm creating contrast. And that's one thing that you want to observe when you're doing this practice study is what is happening to the value around what you're drawing. Every time you create a value, you're creating contrast. And that means that something around it is going to be affected and it's going to get lighter. So when you're driving and you're adding value to something, you want to make sure that you're always adjusting the values around the area that you're working on. So I just got done adding a little bit of value to this highlighted section.

And it's going to look a little bit different on this camera, because of all the lights that I use, you're not going to see all the subtle changes that I'm actually working on. Just because of all the lights, I have a lot of lights here, so then you can actually they'll show up on the camera, but what you want to do is you want to focus on the values around what you're drawing. So when I added, like I said earlier, when I added value to the section here, this shadow all of a sudden became lighter, so I got to make sure that I add that value just to balance it out. If I don't do that, it's going to look off something's not gonna look right. So you want to make sure that when you're adding the values, do it layer by layer, working on All the subjects that you're working on, and make sure that you don't miss anything.

And then this way your drawing is going to look as realistic as you can make it. And that's one of the most important things that you can be focusing on is always being aware of everything that goes around what you're drawing. Right now I'm just using an HP pencil, I haven't gone past the value of the HP pencil yet. So all of this value that you see right here is just from a forage to H, and an HB and I also use the an H pencil tool as well. I'll go I like to use the H pencil. Some people like to go right to the HB.

I don't I like to add values. Very slowly. I like to get the most value that I can out of it. Cancel without pressing down too hard. And then if I need to, I can always use a softer lead to be able to create a little more value or make something a little bit darker, create a little more contrast. So I want to make sure that I'm going later when I'm adding this value.

I don't want to go too dark. I want to make sure that I'm going from the darkest section and making it lighter. And you can see how that's starting to pop out. Make sure you're creating that fine line between the egg in the shadow. You don't want to just create a real thick line like a like a cartoon, you want to be able to make the egg separate from the shadow by the values not by a line. So the values are going to create that line that illusion, that egg.

So, so some, just some key tips that I want to keep talking about in the beginning. Always use a sharp pencil. Make sure your pencil sharp, you want to know where that line is going to. You want to be able to have that graphite to be able to build into the valve valleys of your paper. You don't want to end up with these white little dots. So you got to make sure that pencil sharp.

Always protect your paper. Don't put your hand on the drawn surface, you don't want to assign that. Anytime that you have oils or any kind of debris on your paper, that graphite is going to stick to it. So you don't want to do that. So you want to make sure that even when you're when you put in your drawing away for the night or for the day, and you're all done, you want to make sure that you put it somewhere where it's safe. There's times that I've left it on the john table and all of a sudden I see my catwalk and on and I'm like oh no so that that John's pretty much Roland just because there's gonna be some areas that I'm not going to be able to adjust as easily.

Once that graphite sticks to oil or even lotion or anything like that. It just gets really dark and he can't erase it. He can't smooth it out. So by now at this point, you should have some really good control over your pencil. If you've been following through with this just going nice and soft and nice and easy, you should be able to start to see the stock value changes that you're putting on there. Every time you put in a ley line, you probably are starting to see just how the values are getting darker but very softly.

And that's what you want to see you don't want to see it get dark really quick, you want to see it gradually get darker. And you can see just by me working on this little section right here. And all of a sudden, that shadow is starting to make that egg look like it's actually popping off that paper and I'm using a cross hatching I'm turning that paper around. So then I can create that curve. With the value, I want to keep going in the same direction, I just want those lines to be covering all of the surface. I don't want any white dots.

I don't want any little white spots that will distract when I'm trying to draw. And when you draw and if you ever miss imperfection, like I just come on right here, I'm going to take my kneaded eraser and just tap that off lately. Put a fine tip on this kneaded eraser. I'm just gonna dab that off because if I don't do that now I'm going to forget it's there until the mid John's done and I notice it. You want to take care of everything at the bat and when you Take out that graphite you got to make sure that you blend in that graphite too. So once you dab a little section off, make sure that you add the graphite back in, so then it evens it out.

You want to smooth it out with your pencil. I'm just kind of going on all kinds of different directions here. Because they're just amazing what you can do with a pencil and a piece of paper. I hope you're having a good time with this and the more that you do it, the better you're going to be at it. You know if you can try to spend a little bit of time drawing every day you don't have to spend hours, even 10 1520 minutes 30 minutes a day, you're going to see some incredible, incredible progress. Because you want to do it on a regular basis.

You want to always be able to have that feel drawn Because if you skip it, like if you work on it for like four hours one day, and then you don't go back to it for another week, you'll lose that feel you'll lose that soul touch. I've been teaching guitar for over 25 years now. And I tell my guitar students same exact thing that I tell people that I'm teaching how to draw, you got to have that skill, and you need to have that soft touch. And it's all for practice and just daily practice. Doing something every single day. And that's just like anything in life.

Anytime that you do something. Every single day you're going to get really good at you're going to be more efficient with it. That's what you want to do withdrawn and doesn't take a lot of time. needs to be done every day. So let's just say that you're working Busy Are you tired Are you know you don't really feel like john, scrub a pencil and just doodle on a piece of paper just make some value go from dark to light back and forth just so then you can keep that technique. So then when you draw a drawing that you want to draw, you're not going to be struggling with your pencil, you're not going to be fighting with your paper, you'll be able to put that graphite on there exactly like you want to.

This is your time drawn is your time to your stress relief. is a time where you can kind of let go and just kind of free your mind and go on a nice little zone or wherever you want to be and just think and relax. Get rid of all the fast paced there isn't a world today. Okay, so what I'm going to do here is I'm going to just balance out that the value here, I'm going to balance out the value of the shadow here. And I'm going to add some more value to the egg as well. So the next time that you see me, the eggs going to be a little bit darker, it's going to be gradually darker through the whole thing.

The value of the shadow is going to be a little bit darker and I don't want it to dark. I know I usually don't create something that's really dark, I just don't like that. I find that maybe a shader to darker than this is usually the most that I go. But this practice right here, this is so important. If you're going to be drawing portraits or if you can be drawing animals, you need to be able to create that three dimension. You need to be able to create that curve right here.

You could see how it looks like it's popping off the paper just because of that extra value that I put between the the reflective light and and the surface that it's laying on. And maybe, maybe if I want to, maybe if I want to, and I don't have to maybe if I want to, I can add some of these little value changes here, the texture of this egg, and I might do that just to show you how I would go about to do that. And that's going to be a great practice. For a few drawing portraits are like the nose of a dog or the nose of the cat, how has that texture, so I want to be able to show you that as well. So I hope you have a great time drawing. Keep doing it, keep having fun with it.

Don't settle for anything. Always adjust and always try to make your drawing better. Learn from every situation that you're going through. There's going to be struggles you're going to find that sometimes your line isn't always as accurate as you want. To be but adjusted, you can, as long as you put the graphite on slowly, you can take graphite off and you can always add graphite as well. And in this way your drawing will always, always look perfect and you'll be able to draw what you see.

So I hope you have a great day and I really look forward to seeing you next time.

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