Drapery Study

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  03 March 2013
Drapery Study

I hadn't seen anything specifying mediums for this thread, I am taking a course covering some traditional art foundations to build those skills from the ground up. Currently we are working on a drapery study to show a number of skills that have been covered from shading various shapes, showing contrast, using a full range of values to shade and proper proportions and depth.

I didn't want to post too early in the process since initially it was just rough lines to find proportions for fitting the form onto my paper. (hopefully it's alright that I am using a traditional medium of willow and compressed charcoal instead of digital)

  03 March 2013
This is the current place that I am at, my instructor had told me that I need to increase contrast in the middle folds, refine subtle details and clean up my background a bit.
  03 March 2013
hi andrew it looks good ,the second image looks much better than the first ,the section in the middle bottom looks a bit odd though and the shadow seems to dark.chrs
  03 March 2013
Thanks for the input, I will look into that on my final revision tomorrow. This exercise has really made me appreciate traditional artistry because at first I really struggled to just reach 5-7 different shading values which really limited my expression I could accomplish.
  03 March 2013
Here is the final pass at this piece.
-Increased contrast in areas, specifically cores on folds.
-Refined inner detail near the center lower portions
-Added tack details
-Added middle cast shadow onto background
-Reduced fibers hanging off the bottom as far as brightness and width
-Refined various edges to be more natural and accurate to the subject

  03 March 2013
The readability of that crease just above the big black spot (on the left) at the middle/bottom is a bit vague. We can sort of guess that it is a convex crease, but that dark shape inside the lighter value of the crease--a sort of jagged triangle dark shape--that sticks out a bit and doesn't look integrated. Is it a concave shape? Why is it so hard-edged?
  03 March 2013
If I am looking at the right spot, that portion of my drapery was moved but I had already filled in the shading for the background limiting my ability to change the outline and correct it. I kept the original form and the result is that it doesn't feel as consistent with the rest of the piece. We have moved on from this project to a female torso bust study though I can really appreciate the benefits of committing hours to observing and refining a piece made from viewing a real object instead of just drawing/photo references.
  03 March 2013
If it's allowed, it might be a good idea to snap a few well-exposed photos of the subject you're painting, just so you can refer to it and check how things have been shifted. It's also a good source for building an image library of references.
  03 March 2013
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