In this video, Brady Drawing – Blending the Value Part Five. I will share with you how I start to add some value around Brady’s eye so I can start to focus on the details of his eye.
Brady Drawing – Blending the Value Part Five
About This Drawing
I hope you’re enjoying this drawing as much as I am. Isn’t drawing animals fun? The more time you spend drawing the animal the more you feel connected to them.
Now that I have finished mapping out all of Brady’s markings I am going to concentrate on the focus point of the drawing, Brady’s eyes. Mapping out all of Brady’s markings first will make the rest of the drawing easier. Because I add the value slowly I will be able to make adjustments as I go along.
While I am focusing on his eye I will have to adjust the values around his eye. Every time you draw a line the value next to the line drawn will be lighter because of the contrast.
I start on the darkest part of the eye and work towards the lightest. Concentrating on the subtle value changes will help me to create the curve of the eye, making the drawing look more realistic.
At this point, I have used 2H and 4H Tombow graphite pencils. I will continue to use these grades until I extend the values these pencils offer, then I will go to a softer graphite.
In the past forty years, I have used many graphite pencil brands. I have recently started working with Tombow Graphite Pencils and I could not be happier with the quality.
- Keep your pencil sharp.
- Work from dark to light.
- Remember even the darks have subtle value changes.
- Do not press too hard on the drawing surface.
- Study the reference image to notice the darkest areas and the contour of the subject.
- The lightest section of the subject will be where the light is hitting.
- Have a piece of paper separating your hand from the drawing surface. You do not want the oils of your hand getting on the paper.
- Adjust the values around the area you are focusing on.
- Study the reference image
Drawing Brady Series
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Drawing Tools You Will Find in My Studio
- Tombow Graphite Pencils
- General’s Kimberly Graphite Drawing Pencils
- Mars Lumograph Drawing Pencil
- Caran D’ache Graphite
- Pentel GraphGear 500 Automatic Drafting Pencil 0.3 and 0.5
- Blick Studio Drawing Pencils
- Prismacolor Large Kneaded Eraser
- General’s Jumbo Kneaded Eraser
- Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, Round
- Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, Rectangle
- Factis Eraser Black
- Derwent Battery-Operated Eraser
Bristol board and Drawing Pads:
- Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads
- Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper Pad
- Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper Pad
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