I decided to do this one based off of a picture I'd taken at the Balsams Hotel on a really foggy day. This took many many hours to do!
Here's the original photo that I based it off of. We'd just pulled in and it was so foggy that the mountains directly behind it were almost completely invisible from the fog, yet the hotel was clear as day:
Lesson 4: The Tactile Line
Soft and fluffy (my puppy :) )
vs Hard and Ragged (one of his toys that he's chewed on the end of)
Based off of this photo:
and his toy (it's like a nylabone) - with the right end gnawed on and the rest it smooth. I mostly went by shadows and highlights for determining values - but since one side is lower than the other I made that side darker... which, now that I'm looking at it, I don't think I should have done since it isn't any heavier. Hmm.
Lesson 3: Bringing Form to Life
I did a bunch of these using a few different mediums. Posting a few here...
Graphite pencil with squiggly lines:
Brush pen, trying to do quick lines with varying line weight
brush pen with a minimalist style
And then, my favorite, which was - essentially - doing it without lines at all. Instead, I filled in the structure using colored pencils to give it a range of values for shadows and highlights.
Lesson 1: The Psychology of Line with 5.6mm Nero Soft
Tried this with a few different types of pencils and this was the most interesting - a 5.6mm oil charcoal (nero soft) in a clutch pencil/lead holder. Really cool what a wide range of both values and line thicknesses you can get - although clearly I need some more practice to smoothly transition but love the idea that I could use a pencil like a brush to vary thickness and darkness/lightness.
Also - bonus, the clutch pencil is shorter than a normal pencil so the overhand grip is SO much more natural.