Drawing a Cranium with Charcoal
On this lesson, we’ll work on stipple paper by the Bee Paper Firm and full the drawing of a cranium with charcoal. We’ll solely use compressed charcoal pencils and sticks. This distinctive paper encompasses a very distinctive floor that’s closely textured, which shall be necessary in our last drawing.
Right here’s a take a look at the finished drawing…
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Right here’s a take a look at the picture reference…
Graphite Pencil Sketch
We’ll start the drawing with a HB graphite pencil. I need my marks to be seen, however I need them to be mild. We start by discovering a location for the highest of our cranium and the underside of our cranium.
Then we discover the areas the place we see robust distinction. I draw traces the place I see an edge or a distinction in worth between darkish and light-weight places. Particulars are purposely overlooked. Whereas I’m striving for accuracy, I’m additionally leaving myself open to some discrepancies between the picture reference and the drawing.
Shading with Charcoal
With my graphite sketch in place, I can change over to a charcoal pencil for shading and texture. There isn’t a mixing or smudging, I’m simply going to work with the feel of the paper.
I’m being attentive to the areas of spotlight or the areas of lightest worth. We need to depart these areas open as we’re including the charcoal. You’ll additionally discover that I’m beginning on the left facet of the image airplane to work my approach to the proper and decrease down the image airplane. I’m doing this merely to maintain the palm of my hand out of the best way of the drawing so I don’t smear any of the graphite that I’ve utilized.
I’m going to go forward and put a bit little bit of the darkish worth behind the again fringe of the cranium in order that I’ve some distinction there. That may assist me higher consider the values as I add them to the drawing.
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Working Down the Cranium
As we proceed to work our manner down the image airplane, I’m going so as to add a bit bit extra of that darkish background on the high. Then it’s again to the middle a part of the cranium, working in one of many eye openings. On this eye opening on the proper, we are able to see some refined shifts of worth inside. Since this sketch is unfastened and fast and because the floor dictates it, we’re not going to incorporate all the main points that we see. We simply need an impression of the cranium. We wish a unfastened sketch, and this paper helps us to realize that unfastened look.
Our mild supply is originating from the proper facet of the image airplane. Which means the entire components of the cranium that stick out or protrude are going to be lighter on the proper facet in comparison with the left facet. Even nonetheless, we nonetheless must make a few of the values on the proper facet a bit bit darker, so as an alternative of leaving them white, we’re going to create areas of grey. We simply need to be sure that our worth distinction is there in order that we protect the phantasm of the sunshine supply within the last drawing.
As we work all the way down to the decrease a part of the cranium and within the enamel part, I’m going to offer an impression of the enamel, with out defining the entire particulars. Since we solely actually clearly see the proper facet of the underside of the jawbone, I’m solely going to incorporate a spread of worth right here. On the left facet, we’re going to focus primarily on the shadowed shapes that we see.
Ending the Cranium Drawing
Now we’ll end the drawing by merely filling within the background with a heavy utility of compressed charcoal.
Now our drawing of a cranium with charcoal is full.
Spooky Cranium Sketch – Conclusion
A cranium is definitely a spooky topic, but it surely’s additionally an incredible topic for working towards drawing. Each cranium is barely totally different and the sunshine may be dramatically totally different. This gives a pleasant problem. Skulls have been the topic of numerous artworks and is considered one of my favourite issues to attract. I hope this lesson helps you draw your individual cranium.
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