Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Value Shapes

To the drawing class, start at about 5 minutes into the video, "Introducing Value Shapes", by Jason Baalman. He is drawing only with shapes of different values and how they relate to each other.  What he is drawing is irrelevant. If the shapes and values are correct, the drawing will be correct. After videos 5A through 5D, he continues breaking the original shapes into smaller and smaller shapes, some darker and some lighter. In video 6P, simply by correctly copying shapes, he ends up with a portrait of a well known public figure whom recognize because the shapes are correct. When you begin to see what you are drawing simply as a pattern of value shapes you will have made the jump to drawing what you see. Any three dimensional subject matter can be converted to two dimensional shapes.

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