Essential technique because it's a strong foundation for any drawing/painting.
Continuous drawing strengthens gestural skills and accuracy. As well as, it captures the life, action, and expressions of the subject (quickley).
Blind contour is intended to help you see an object in all of its detail.
It also activates the part of your brain that genuinely observes shapes.
And last, it makes the hand listen to the mind.
18" x 24"
For my pastel portrait, I drew my older sister Araaa.
The complimentary colors that I used are, orange (in her hair), and green (in her eyes). I also used purple and orange as complimentary colors as well as purple and green.
Creating this art piece was a long process. The steps were,
Picking the original picture I wanted to pastel
Quartering that picture
Doing a rough drawing of my sister on a small piece of paper
Quarter the 18" x 24" paper
Draw my sister out on the paper as accurately as possible
Start pasteling with lighter colors
Start to put in the shadows and highlights
Keep layering colors to make the pastel art match the picture as well as possible
Challenges: This was my first time ever doing pastels so there were many challenges for me. The sketch of my sister had to be really accurate in order to be successful with the pastels, so making sure I did that step well was a pretty big challenge. Another thing I struggled with was having the guts to put colors onto my drawing. I really didn't want to mess it up so I just had to get through that fear and go for it. In conclusion, my biggest challenge was learning how to use the pastels and make it look realistic by using shadows and highlights correctly.
Semester 1, 2018
How does value alter perspective? Value is very important when it comes to trying to create a specific perspective. Shading something can turn it from 2d to 3d within seconds. When you add highlights, it makes it obvious were the light source is coming from and vise versa, you can see the shadows of where the light isn't. Value can add depth to a simple or complex drawing.