Swan I

by Todd
(Cincinnati)

Negative Space - Positive Swan

Negative Space - Positive Swan

Surface - Canson Sketchpad, 65 lb paper

Size - 3.5 x 4 inches
Medium - charcoal and graphite
Inspiration - Negative space exercise at Drawspace.com

Challenges - Hatching, building tone, working at a comfortable pace
Most pleased with - Proportions
Revisions - lighter lines on the tail and any other reasonable suggestions from the community

I want to paint and am learning to shade my drawings. This drawing was from a study of negative space using simple forms of a subject to determine proportions the same way Bob teaches in his drawing tutorials. The idea is to use the shapes to construct the overall form, erase for light lines, then do a contour drawing. I went further and practiced shading.

Your honest feedback will be greatly appreciated (don't spare my feelings).

P.S. - Bob, thanks for the Christmas present and everything else you've provided on this website

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swan
by: Mary

beautiful shading on the swan but , to me , it looks as if she's on top of the water rather than in it .

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looks good
by: Anonymous

you have done well here the shadows are well thought out irene ann

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Very Good
by: Anonymous

Hi Todd, this is really good, the swan itself and the water is excellent. However, the shading under the swan is overdone at the front, giving the swan a 'flat' appearance. If you'd extended the shadow at the side of the swan it would have looked much better! Keep going though, this is good!

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