Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video How to get the best tone from your pencils, part of Foundations of Drawing.
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…I'm going to show you how I sharpen a pencil that's got a longer lead.…Which means you have more time drawing, and less time sharpening.…And a quick illustration of the different tones…that you can achieve with the different pencils.…It's when you're sharpening your pencils you got a couple of options.…The first one is a pencil sharpener.…So this always sharpens and it gives a nice round tip to them.…But I can find sometimes they're quite unreliable to get a really perfect edge.…So on here you can see, part of it is sharpened…really nicely, and parts of it is just, is very, very fine.…
It's not completely even all the way around.…So what I like to do, is to sharpen my…pencils with a craft knife, and this just enables me…to get a bit more control with the lead, and…just to get a longer lead on the natural pencil.…So what I do, is I always work away from myself.…And I just twist the pencil around.…Because this is quite a hard lead, this one is a 2B.…
You can then start to sculpt the lead that you got at…the end, so you get this really nice fine point.…
Shape: By focusing on the shapes of the objects (and more importantly the shapes between the objects) you can view subjects with a whole new outlook and focus.
Simplicity: You'll get better results by concentrating on simple subjects and drawing techniques that will still prove powerful when used together.
Structure: A structured approach makes drawing easier to master.
Each chapter in this course is built on these three principles, combining drawing theory and practical examples with worksheets and drawing assignments. Will Kemp brings his passion for teaching and infectious love of drawing together in these lessons. You'll learn about line, value, tone, negative space, and perspective, and come away with the confidence to start making drawing a daily practice.
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- Materials you need to draw
- Drawing theory
- Framing your composition
- Using the picture plane
- Creating contrast
- Using negative space to create more powerful compositions
- Creating form from shadows and light