For the effect to be visible, usually the observer has to be high up on a mountaintop or in an airplane. In the case if an airplane, the shadow.
Wikipedia on Brocken spectre
Making a Tone Study with Notes
I made this study of a shirt using pencil and gouache on brown wrapping paper. As I worked, I noted down what I was thinking about as I was doing it:
Thin, medium weight fabric with a slight sheen.
Avoid the superficial. Combine large and small. Don't simplify, clarify. Paint for a sculptor.
Two variables (of paint): thickness and dryness.
Big brush, get large forms. Make every stroke count. Divide process into sequence of steps. Make every steps have a definite purpose.
Exercise: paint a head in 100 strokes. Hide strokes.
In the rough-in:
—Look for large geometric shapes and basic structure.
—Use side of pencil.
—Keep cross checking
—Cross-check on bilateral symmetry.
(Create) levels of accessibility
Transition from family to family (of forms, shapes and strokes)
See the form as if it were already painted. Pipe fold, zig-zag fold.
The study appears in The Artist's Guide to Sketching, published in 1982.
Al Dorne Special in Illustration Magazine
Illustrator Albert Dorne is the subject of an entire special issue of Illustration Magazine. Dorne founded the Famous Artists School and worked for decades in the lucrative field of advertising illustration.
Illustration Magazine Special on Al Dorne
This cave panorama has violet light coming from the left and cyan-colored light from the right.
From Dinotopia: The World Beneath.
Making a Sketch Easel / Resources
My homemade sketch easel uses adjustable torque hinges with a threaded Tee-nut so that it fits on a camera tripod.
Embedded magnets hold the metal paint tray and plastic water cup (which has corresponding magnets below it.)
How to Make a Sketch Easel (video tutorial).
Sketch Easel Builders (Facebook group).
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Beside the Shining Sea
Getting Back to Analog
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