Light Doesn’t Matter, Form is Paramount

I just consumed the section in The Natural Way to Draw which basically says that light doesn’t matter, form is paramount. But I forgot this truth with Pocahontas.

Today I focused more on the form than the light cast on the form. It’s more important to have the surface of the head turn in space and look dimensional than having the perfect light. In fact, if you know the form really well you can make up any light you want and it will still look great.

“Don’t try to match in your drawing the degree of light or shade that you see. Your drawing may look very dark or quite light when you finish. That doesn’t matter as long as the forms are clear.”

Kimon Nicolaides
Pocahontas Drawing in Graphite

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The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


One Minute Gestures

I was all over the place with this on minute gestures exercise from the The Natural Way to Draw book. I was moving from a more fluid expressive drawing to drawing focused on accuracy. But one thing is really clear to me now about gestures. In order to draw fantastic gestures I must keep the whole of the body in my thoughts at all times. It is all relational.

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Super focused art morning and I’m glad I remembered wisdom from Nicolaides’ book before it was too late on the Pocahontas drawing. Remember, light doesn’t matter and form is paramount.

What needs work? What did you learn?

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How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Get some clarity on what is used for recipes and what is not. Love you Pattie!

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