The everyone first exercise could be value sphere, some maybe value scale. My post of first value sphere drawing published in October had shared about the material used and the mistakes that gave an fake-looking, flat and abnormal sphere.3 points I must take note from the mistakes:
|first value sphere drawing|
- Ellipse of terminator
- Highlight shouldn't touching the edge of sphere
- The pole of terminator should always cut the sphere exactly into half
I found an interesting video posted by Vitruvian Studio in Youtube: Drawing Basics that explain the position of highlight in convincing scientific way. Alternatively, you can buy a sphere shape cast or any low-cost sphere model from craft store, either clay or wooden. It's for light concept study. Place the sphere in a box with all sides closed and front-side opened to a light source from an angle; then, observed the terminator, cast shadow, reflection, highlight and the transition from highlight to terminator.
|second value sphere drawing|
My second sphere drawing is a more successful drawing compare to first one; where I had overcame those mistakes I made in my first sphere. My online instructor, Sadie, complimented my nice terminator ellipse and the overall give the sphere a 3D effect. 3D?!! Her compliments made me fly.
Nevertheless, I still made a mistake. My light area of the sphere is too dark, which looks more like a gray sphere than a white sphere. The transition from terminator to highlight need to be faster. For this part, my first sphere has better highlight-terminator transition.
My second sphere is my passed ticket to move forward to painting value sphere. Oh, my hands are itching for touching the brushes and paints. I have not painting for months because of artist block in August to September. In October, I started home atelier training where all the exercises are pencil drawings only. So can you understand how my hands craving for the paints and brushes, especially I was painting all the time before August.
Before ending the post, I would like to share my study of value sphere outlines and ellipse drawing exercises. These two exercises are very good for me to understand the light concept as well as draw a better shape of terminator.