Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Let's Draw a Pear! - Step 5 continued

This post continues with the tutorial, Let's Draw a Pear! Taking up where we left off in step five with applying colored pencil in layers to create form and depth of color, today's post is about adding the shadows to the pear.

D. Putting in the shadows
Carefully erase the remaining pencil outline except for the cast shadow shape.

Apply a light layer of brown Ochre to the bottom and right, shadowed side of the pear.

Deepen the shadow area with Burnt Umber on the right side of the pear, keeping the edges soft and feathery.  Lightly go over the Burnt Umber with Burnt Carmine on the right edge of the pear.

Begin to lightly fill in the cast shadow with Burnt Umber.

Add burnt umber to the right side of the stem for a darker edge.

E. Deepen the shadows
Use Dark Indigo down the right side edge of the pear and on the right side edge of the stem .  Add a little Dark Indigo to the base of the cast shadow where it touches the bottom of the pear.

Remember to look carefully at your reference picture! The dark edge is not consistent all the way from the top to the bottom of the pear.

Bring the Dark Indigo out into the cast shadow on the table. Add Burnt Carmine, Light Yellow Ochre and Cadmium Yellow to the shadow’s edges. Dab the cast shadow with a kneaded eraser to blend and soften the edges. Also erase the remaining pencil outline.

Friday's post will complete the tutorial with steps 6 & 7. I hope you are enjoying seeing this process. Remember, if you would prefer to work from a paper copy of the tutorial, you can visit my Tutorial page here on this blog and follow the links to a free PDF file that you may download for yourself.


AutumnLeaves said...

This is just a beautiful lesson and a beautiful end result (or almost end result, I should say)!

freebird said...

I'm still working on the first layers. I think I went too light! When I set it up away from the light I was using I almost couldn't see it!

Ann said...

Thanks Sherry!
Freebird, you can always repeat the layers until you achieve the value that you want. It's actually better to have them very light, especially at the early stages, than to apply too much pigment too soon. I can't wait to see your pear!


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