Monday, 2 February 2015

Day 5 - Shading folds

Today we are going to sketch drapery/fabric/cloth. It is preferable if you were to take a solid coloured cloth (not multi-coloured, in single colour, like black, white, red etc). You need to bunch it up in one corner and and let it fold down naturally. (like how your saree pleats fall) Refer to the image.

I draped my stole/dupatta over the television. I ironed it before that to avoid the minor folds/creases which make the shading a wee bit more complex/difficult for beginners. As you can see, I have kept bold folds so that it is easier to view from a distance. When you change your angle of viewing, the shadow changes as well. 
You can either sketch the whole subject(cloth) if you want to challenge yourself or you can try a part of it. Whichever part seems welcoming enough, can be attempted.

Remember all the lessons you have learnt so far. Stop the voice which is telling you this is too difficult. Let your hands feel free. Observe the folds, try to outline it with your eyes, looking for ups and downs. Then outline it mid-air with just your fingers or with the help of your pencil. Once you feel, you have observed sufficiently, try to simplify the diagram with just the major folds. If you squint your eyes (half closed) and look at the drapery, you will notice everything blurs out but the main lines or folds. First draw a light outline (no pressure), softly on the paper.

It does not matter if your lines are not where they are meant to be. When you shade you can correct it as you go. Put your erasers away. Notice major areas of light and dark and block the areas lightly, just to indicate where they approximately start or end. 

Please note, I have roughly marked out the shadows. Now I start to work over it by finding out which is the darkest area and lightest area. Just like your exercise yesterday, keep comparing to the darkest and lightest, shading accordingly. 

Automatically, the dark area seems further away from you than the lighter areas. As the fabric is soft, depending on whether the folds are sharp or rounded, accordingly change the shading. You can try different parts of the folded fabric for more practice in shading. 

Tomorrow, we will get into the various technical terms of shading and how to execute them. Till then, keep sketching with a smile!

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