Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

3:41 PM, Saturday October 2nd 2021

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Hello, I'm looking for critiques! I accidentally misread the plant construction exercise (thought it said we need 8 plants, not 8 pages) so I jumped into texturing them a bit too early. I struggled with shading the agave cactus - on my study the cast shadows look like they're sticking to forms, but the reference shows that as well to some degree. Is it better to make up cast shadows that suit the drawing better, or just copy the reference directly?

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Like the Staedtlers, these also come in a set of multiple weights - the ones we use are F. One useful thing in these sets however (if you can't find the pens individually) is that some of the sets come with a brush pen (the B size). These can be helpful in filling out big black areas.

Still, I'd recommend buying these in person if you can, at a proper art supply store. They'll generally let you buy them individually, and also test them out beforehand to weed out any duds.

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