Belinda Lindhardt

Monday, January 29, 2007


Last week i decided to get down a few of my books and read them again. :)
One of the books i re-read is this book Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil - by J.D Hillberry
Its a great book and covers alot of amazing pencil work. As i was reading it i had a few Duh!!! moments as there were a few things i was reminded of that i have been overlooking in my recent works.

One of them was choosing the right paper - i have been using colourfix paper which is quite rough, and i was really struggling in my lemon pot pic to get alot of layers down one of the points that Hillberry highlights is to choose the right paper, if you are drawing something smoooth choose smooth paper and vice versa if drawing something rough !! -duhhhhhh

Another interesting point in the book is thinking about the contours of the object you are drawing, and changing your stroke to fall along the same contours will give a better finish. Another Duh! moment for me, i had been doing this but not often enough.
Isn't it funny how sometimes we overlook in similest things in order to cram it all in !


Katherine said...

I definitely agree about the direction of strokes - but not about the support. I guess I've seen too many images of smooth surfaces and precision done on abrasive surfaces. I've got somebody on my list of 'to do' blog posts which comes into this category.............

Belinda Lindhardt said...

thats interesting to hear :) well i will be waiting to see it. i have done glass on cfix and it came out fine and Nicole's work is certainly smooth on second thought i guess i cant attribute my inability to the paper then LOL :)

Katherine said...

It was a good try!

Actually I think you're doing very well and have very little to worry about. As with all things though - anything we practice we tend to get better at! ;)

diosaperdida said...

I still occasionally forget to change the direction of my strokes. that book he gives a tip about flatting heavy grain paper in areas, for drawings that have both smooth and rough textured elements.
You can basically burnish the paper from the backside and flatten the grain in areas where you need smooth.
It's very physically demanding compared to just using smooth paper.