Hah, after typing this out I realize that most people will be like “What the fuck?” But, I did tell some friends from Angel Academy I would explain a little bit about the different methods… plus, it really helps me solidify the information in my head to write it out.
Here is a little progress on the cast I am working on. The process is quite a bit different than Angel Academy but the more I learn about this method and the more I read about the Russian Academy method the more I start to see how they are all just different ways to get at the same issues.
While the block-in is done entirely by visually assessing the shapes, the tonal stage is done by understanding the structure (this is different from what I thought Grand Central Academy taught… I thought it was all visual). I started by making a gradation from a dark halftone next to the shadow to the lightest part of the specific form I am working on. Then I break that into separate planes really thinking about what direction each individual plane is facing and where it starts and ends. I am not making values based on the values I see but making them based on which direction a specific plane is facing. Facing farther away from the light source? Make it darker. Facing closer to the light source? Make it lighter. After breaking it into planes I “feel” the cast by pretending a tiny marble is rolling over the surface of the cast at the same time I ghost my pencil over my drawing (which also amazingly has a little mini marble on the tip!). I haven’t quite got this down yet but at some point I will hopefully get into the zone and it will be like I am actually feeling the cast as I draw (even though I am just looking at). Any confusion? Feel free to ask if you are interested. It really helps me to go back over this stuff that I learn, type it out and try to explain what it is that I am doing.
Anyways, still trying to get it all down… this is all new to me so it will take a little time to get used to.
Just a close up of the top left portion of the cast. I started at the very top left and am moving down (its getting smoother/flatter!… and I hope more-so than this pictures shows because it looks a bit pixelated!).