• If possible, set up a skull reference from life with a single light source and plain
    backdrop. If you do not have access to these items, you may use the included
    skull reference photos
  • Choose an angle different than the example provided in the instructional video
  • Take a few moments to let your eyes recognize the large simple shapes that
    make up the skull from the angle you chose
  • Try to forget that the image/reference is a skull. Instead focus on abstract shapes
  • Lightly sketch in the basic shapes paying close attention to their relationships
  • Block in your shadow shapes with a single medium value to establish your light
    and shadow families
  • Keeping in mind the principles covered in Module 1, begin to more fully render
    the halftone, form shadow, any reflected light and cast shadow
  • Be sure to use a full value range and limit the total number of values to 5
  • Repeat this exercise from different angles until you are quickly and efficiently
    recognizing these shapes

Key Points:

  • Remember not to “invent” these shapes from your imagination. Instead, take the
    time to recognize and simplify the shapes in your mind before putting pencil to
  • Try to squint often and step back from your drawing/reference to be sure that the
    relationships and values are correct
  • You might want to do a few quick “thumbnail” versions of different angles to help
    yourself problem solve before starting the larger drawings

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