Another bird sketch warmup

Daily Art 06-15-2018 block in sketch of bird figurine

For these bird figurine block-ins, I’m really trying to find that terminator line for the shadow areas. It can be hard for me to distinguish on more complex subjects and I’m hoping some regular practice will get me more familiar with finding it.

I love how dramatic this little bird looks lit like this. When I squint at the drawing, I really get a sense of the form even though it’s basically a two-value (maybe three-value) sketch.

After yesterday’s sketch I revisited my notes from Sadie Valeri’s online atelier and was reminded that it’s not necessary to define the width and height of the subject — just whichever dimension is greater, and then start enveloping it. That reminder really helped me get the proportions on track (after bringing it in on the sides, that is).

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