Shading and line
Following my mini melt-down during my last life drawing session I decided I needed to go back to basics - grab some fruit and do a couple of quick studies. I love drawing fruit and veg - eggs as well. The reason is they give you a good opportunity to explore how light hits an organic form. Because of their curved nature you get to explore the dexterity of line - to almost none at all to the dark underbelly of the form you are drawing. Really - drawing fruit and veg for me is the closest you can get to having a life model of your own - if that makes any sense at all!When doing these very simple exercises I started to think of the possibilities of other experiments I could do. For example I would like to explore using different surfaces such as sand paper. Also using paper with a bit of tooth in it and staring with a dark background. Such as covering the whole surface in charcoal and working back into it with a rubber and a light chalk to achieve a sense of 3d and dexterity of line. Anyway - though these exercises took me only about 20 mins I started to recognize where I was going wrong in the life drawing session - school boy errors really. Start with lightest tone first and build up.