Pumpkin Time

Project Description

What type of piece is this? Drawing Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. I used Canson Drawing art book 1557, 9" x 12" medium texture; graphite pencils 2B, 1B, HB, H, and 2 H, erasers and shading stick. I employed the use of the border in midtone, and 2 l's. The border was made more even by using the shading stick. The l pieces were a little difficult to keep putting up and down but they do keep the focus in check. This time I used a photo to help me stabilize the shadows. I tried to sketch a scene which "spoke to me" because of the emotional involvement that drives one to get it right. This seems to take more time than I would like to select; but when I am finished, I have tried to capture a view which I enjoy revisiting. I tried to keep the values lighter as the scene went back and engage line value as well. However, how to draw the values on the the leaves of the Myrtle tree I was not sure about how to draw. I tried to keep the most detail in the foreground. Which mid ground is correct especially on the trunk of the twin trees? Maybe neither one? Is the piece for sale? No What are you most proud of? The foreground detail. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Find a subject you like very much. Take a photo at the start so there is a reference for the shadow to revisit as you work along because the light will move with time and perhaps confuse one.

What you will need

  • Graphite

Q&A with jamread1662549

Patrick Connors asked:
[criticism cont.] The ground line where the pumpkin, leaves, and tree is parallel in your drawing. This does not contribute to the appreciation of space, the digital image shows some incline and change as the ground line wens from right to left. This can be used to enhancing the spatial depiction. The same comment can be extended to the pumpkin, or more precisely, to the axis of the form of the pumpkin. In the digital image, the top slightly leans to the right and this could also be of use. One more comment about the pumpkin would be to rethink the modeling so that the darkest part of the shadow mass is not on the edge of the form although it may appear to be. The myrtle leaves are fine as they are, just the right about of detail for that placement in space and to give a specificity to the tree's genus. To repeat, the development from image 1 to image 2 is very good. You first made the tonal structure and then confirmed that with a judicious placement of line.
jamread1662549 answered:
Hi, thank you so much for the concepts you shared. I did use the photo for shadow help. After I completed the first piece, I thought we need to move the mid ground trees front more. I understand that was a good idea. Originally I was going to draw both Iconical shaped trees. But then, I wanted to try a vertical view with the "ls" which is when I got in trouble, I think. The pumpkin ideas were very helpful. I will try to keep these concepts in mind as I look around for another view. I think you answered the mid ground question when you said the second drawing was better. Your insights are greatly appreciated, thank you.