I proclaim that I can draw a scroll! I didn’t say it was a good one. Tonight’s lesson was on constructing scrolls and kind of built on the old rose lesson. I am learning shading is tough! But I am also learning it’s what separates great drawings from good ones. I imagine it’s going to take a lot of practice and a lot of study of light and the way it falls on objects. I’ve been noticing myself looking at things lately and the way the light hits them. However, transferring that to paper from memory is proving difficult. Practice and practice and more practice as well as drawing from life should improve my not-so-hot current abilities.
So the first scroll I constructed using the book as my guide came out ok. Using cylinders for the ends and basically connecting them. Then the hard part is getting it shaded right. It came out ok. I do not know why I felt the need to write on it. It looks stupid. The number 2 drawing, I did on my own from memory. It’s ok too. I like using the paper stump to blend the shading. On number 3, I took a shortcut and decided to go freehand. By not drawing the cylinders, you can easily see I made the ends of the scroll too wide and it shows. Also tried to change the light source and it was tough to figure out what should be darkened for shading. The last one, I went back to the original design using the cylinders. It came out pretty good I think, but somehow I got my peeking lines wrong and cut off half the cylinder when building the ends of the scroll. It still looks ok to me, but I’m not sure how I did this. I left the sketch lines in so you can see my goof.
I’m looking forward to the day I can try to put all these skills together and make an original drawing I am proud of. Seems a long way off, but I am determined.