Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Our first tonal-ground study, part of Foundations of Drawing.
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…So for our first simple tonal ground study, just look around the house and…try and find a simple object that's just got a range of tones within it.…Some parts really dark, an old part really light, and just so we've…got something already within the object to really help us in our drawing.…So, let's get started with our tonal ground study.…I've chosen a pomegranate as I can see darks and lights within the subject.…Also, interesting textures and shapes.…Then I just move it around within my viewfinder, until I find…the angle of position that is going to give me the best drawing.…
So now I've got the line…drawing out onto the…perspects just with one simple…line on there and I've also got the tonal ground next to it.…So just lay them out so they're directly next to each…other So the tops of each of the frames line up.…
And then you just need to transfer the…line drawing from the perspects onto your total ground.…When you rest on the total ground it can often come off onto your hand.…So if you just get a couple of pieces of computer paper, put that under your hand,…
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.
This course was created and produced by Will Kemp. We're honored to host this training in our library.
- 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