Art Studio Classic
Giraffe - part 8
The HB & 2H pencils are used during this lesson. You will have the chance to pull out all the fun tools of the trade in this lesson: MonoZero eraser, Kneaded eraser, Cotton Ball, Cotton Swab, Brush - so have them ready.
You will begin on the neck to add more value on those spots. Darrel demonstrates how to use the Mono-Zero eraser to bring out those highlights. You will use the corner of your brush to cast a bit of value into the eye area and then back to the eraser to tone down the value.
You will learn how to create the fur texture by using an "irregular stroke" as Darrel calls it. This stroke has many uses: leaves part of the paper showing, can mimic so many textures like fur, helps to leave areas that catch the light, and you can control where the stroke is going,
Use the 4H to begin creating value outside the right of the drawing. This will help you to begin showing contrasted tone where you can bring out that lighter edge of the drawing. Practice making those strokes in different directions. Try to absorb that line as you continue to add value, so that it is a continuous tone. Then you will use your Cotton ball or Brush to smooth it out. Be careful not press too hard and lose the details. Once the value is cast, you can go back in with your Mono-Zero to show that edge around the ear. It creates a subtle appearance of a "glow" around our giraffe.
You will be watching to control your value and gradation as you continue to add the fur with that irregular stroke. Then go back in with your Kneaded eraser or Mono and use a "stippling" motion to correct the values. Use your Cotton Swab to smooth out any areas that are too bright, but do not damage the texture. Be sure to watch for your light sources, there are two - direct and then also reflective.