Graphite: 2H, HB, 2B, Kneaded Eraser (no linework, value rendering only)
Every time I think I’m getting a good handle on the basics, I stumble across a concept or process I’ve not heard of. This is a value drawing. There is only one rule: No Lines. Of course, through the use of tight shading you can make it look like there are some lines, but that’s really the point… lines are value! every time you start an illustration with lines, you are already laying down some base value without realizing it (or perhaps you do). This is just a bottle I had sitting on my desk. It had some cold foil around the neck wrapper which I found difficult to really capture the values of the shiny vs non-shiny areas. Also the bottle was sitting in front of a white piece of paper that was curling around it somewhat. So if the shadow seems funky, that’s the most likely culprit.
Well the “Message in a Bottle” title for this post came from my wife since she named the file after scanning it in for me, but honestly I did get a message from this. I realized that I don’t need to be so rigid and draw with line to start with and that it can be really rewarding to block out areas of value and see the forms get sculpted from build up of tone or erasing for highlights.
Do you draw with value or do you draw with line. Which do you feel works better in your experience?