SHADE and BLEND A LILY
An exercise that's guaranteed to improve your shading and blending skills. As Mike draws, he comprehensively covers the drawing of the Lily, explains how to approach every drawing, and demonstrates the necessity of using tapered lines. Mike uses his tissue-protected finger for the final blending, and a tortillon and colour-shaper.
WHAT YOU GET...
Questions to ask
The types of questions you need to ask yourself about the subject before
you begin drawing. They'll help you understand the subject, create goals, and fix it firmly in your mind as a real object - it's not "just a drawing".
Drawing your guidelines
The best pencil grade for drawing your initial outline - your guidelines - and how to best use the guidelines during the drawing.
A lighting direction reminder
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not knowing the direction of light
. Without it, you cannot correctly light the subject or form its highlights and shadows. Mike suggests a solution and constant reminder.
Establish the darkest value
Cut out the guesswork and fix your value references early. Establish the darkest value so you have a reference for both the darkest and lightest. Every other value in your drawing has to fall between those two.
Using hard grades over soft
Learn the benefits of using hard grades over soft to smooth the overall result. While drawing the petals, Mike layers 2B, HB and 2H to provide the darker value and then smooth the shading. A Lily's petals are never grainy!
Edges and value changes
In real life we see and understand edges because of value changes - never outline! Mike uses cast shadows and changes in value to visually divide the petals of the Lily.
Three blending tools
Mike introduces you to his three favourite blending tools - his finger, a tortillon and a colour-shaper. He uses all three as he carefully blends the petals of the Lily, and explains how and why each is being used.
Completing the drawing
Mike completes the lily by drawing the anthers. He deliberately adds contrast and sharpness to make the stamens and anthers stand out, and they in turn soften the appearance of the petals.
General blending advice
Mike offers advice on blending and discusses the errors to avoid. Don't fall into the trap of thinking blending is easy, that it will cover up faults, or is a time-saver. Its none of those, as Mike explains.