So how did we do? Some of you may have gotten something like this… which is not necessarily bad. Don’t think that if you’ve drawn something like this that I think it is wrong. It DOES look like an apple. But lets see how realistic we can make this… that’s what this lesson is about.
What happens is that in most cases our mind simplifies what we have seen previously. Our memory stores a basic concept of what we need to recall. Yes we see the apple, but to convey it you represent it simply; A circle with a little stem at the top that has a leaf.
I want to stress that this is a process. One of the keys here is your desire to improve as well as learning the tips and techniques to get you there. I like to teach this by “throwing you into the fire” because I find you CAN see results immediately… then small tips and tricks and take your improvement to a new level.
Now let’s look at a real apple… Really look at it. Forget what you remember an apple looks like… SEE this apple. In my opinion it’s the ability to SEE that will help you improve your drawing.
It’s not really a circle. This photo shows us that it’s round on the top, but not a perfect curve… it’s more like 3 curves. The bottom has little “feet” that help the apple stand. And in between on the sides it’s nearly flat. Here I’ve sketched the apple lightly to show where I would start. Don’t be afraid to be loose and quick. “Sketching” is a good way to learn to get shapes quickly.
I’m using the computer to help illustrate my points here, but I will see if I can send a video over the weekend where I actually draw using pencil and paper. What you’re reading here is describing how it would be done with pencil and paper.
Next I’ve hidden the “sketch layer” and put a layer of shade in using the side of the pencil. Often it is difficult to see the finished piece when you start with lines… This will give you starting point for your highlights and shadows. Doing this seems to bridge the gap between lines and areas… after all the real world does not have an outline!!
Then using (preferably) a kneaded eraser pull some of your layer up… highlights will emerge. Don’t move the eraser back and forth… rather press it onto the paper and the pencil will be removed. Already we can start to see the shape of the apple… it’s not achieved with LINES, but rather values of light and dark.
Now begin to put in the shadows with a darker pencil and you’ll start to see the shape of the apple. Again, I’ve done this in the computer, but the instructions are how it would be done with pencil and paper.
I will do a video this weekend to illustrate these steps… in the mean time, get started drawing the “perfect red apple” at the top of the post.