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  • Patricia Zuroski added a Photo 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    • Hi Patricia- you are off to a great start! To give each scale it’s form, you need to have a range of tones from highlight thru dark. At the same time paying attention to the whole cone having a light sight (closer to the light source) and darker areas that are furthest from the light source.

    • Thank you for the feedback, Doug. I posted a version with more shading and color, but I’m not sure I see exactly where or how to use the shadowing! I know my darks can usually be darker (still so intimidating!) but sometimes I see the need for more color, now shadow and can’t always figure out how to distinguish the two.

    • Hi Patricia- whether you are doing a black and white drawing or a color drawing you need to establish the toning first. If you establish all of the toning first thing, it is easier not to confuse what is shadow (created by layering a range of dark tones) and what is a dark color. If you apply color over your dark toning (where the shadows are) it will automatically be darker than areas of the drawing that do not have the base layer of dark toning. It is vital to have your cone (or any subject ) lit correctly so you see where the highlights should be in addition the darks and everything in between.

    • Hi Patricia- for reference, the Botanical Basic videos have lessons on establishing light sources and doing a scale of 9 tones. The Practice of Botanical Drawing videos have a lesson on drawing a pine cone. There are many lessons in both video series you would find helpful. Cones are deceiving – they seem like they would be relatively easy to do, but are actually quite challenging! Don’t give up! All these practices will get you to where you want to go!