Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Not So Hairy Pear With a Side of Chiaroscuro

Doesn't yesterday's pear look positively hairy? Upon some research and review after that post, I realized that hatching is the laying down of parallel lines (or nearly so if following curved contours) of varying strength and distance. The lighting today is once again intense but with a different direction-- 9 o'clock from the side, straight into and even with the pear. Today I try to better follow the spirit of hatching by following contours with hatching and cross hatching. There is also graded shadowing and varying line strength with even a lost edge. Phew, that's a mouthful, but it might be some indication that I am learning. ;-)

After the pear redux for Exercise 1, it was time to move on to Exercise 2, Chiaroscuro. (For those like me who'd need the pronunciation.)

Quoted from the course material:

An Italian term translating to "light-dark," Chiaroscuro refers to the modeling of volume by boldly depicting light and shaded areas so as to show deep contrast. This strengthens the illusion of depth on a 2-dimensional surface.

Chiaroscuro was first used during the Renaissance, notably in 16th Century Baroque art. The Chiaroscuro art from this time often shows a dark figure being lit by a constricted and unseen single shaft of light.

Okay, that was the second exercise. The third is using pen and ink to depict shading and I just recently completed two ink washes, leaving only hatching work for pen and ink. I'm going to let that go by the wayside, at least for now as I am eager to get started on this week's required submissions. It just so happens that the week with the most work is the week I have the least time so it's pedal to the metal for tonight into tomorrow.

Next up are series of thumbnail sketches with varying lighting angles and surface textures.

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