Portraiture: Linking Shapes & “Painterly” Effects in Dry Medium


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Portraiture is an excellent subject for developing the fundamental elements of drawing: value, light and mass. By massing in the largest blocks of tone and linking them together, we now have the opportunity to create lights and darks by erasing and/or deepening darks by use of compressed charcoal, darker values of pastel or wetting the dry pigment.
The best training is to think of massing in value first, not thinking about line – not just yet. That comes in the final details.
This week we will study a child’s proportions and review ways to establish measurements and corrections as we work towards likenesses.

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