Here is another exercise I have been doing to try and improve my rendering skills.
This is a great exercise to study both shape and values, as you have an immobile object that is a solid color (usually white) which allows one to see form clearly without the added details of color or the unpredictability of things that are alive. Plus since its a cast of a sculpture, the form has already been simplified by the previous artist.
Here is my first cast drawing in progress:
1- Blocking in the shapes of the contour and shadow pattern
2- Filling in the shadow with a base value
3- Starting to work in the lights and push the shadows further
4- More work in the lights, attempting to make the form turn a bit, not quite succeeding :)
I have alot more work to do on this drawing, as you can see I am avoiding the complicated hair section :) I also havent added the shadow on the background on the right, as I didnt want to smear it about with my hand as I worked on the other bits. Here's hoping I have the motivation to pull it to a decent level of completion!
Here's another little cast drawing I did for fun, in one sitting of a couple hours. It was a paper mache lifecast of a fellow students face.
Blocking it in!
Adding a shadow value!
Defining a bit and adding white highlights. Pretending she might have had hair :)