Regina (Lana Parrilla) drawing progression - watch the steps on how I’m drawing her blouse!
1. With 4B Graphite, I’m using varying length strokes that follow the direction of the flow of the material. Even near the edges of the folds, I do not use vertical lines, but instead line up the ends of my diagonal strokes to create “implied” edges. Strokes are closer together at the edges and separate more where the material curves outwards to create a three-dimensional effect (almost like cylinders).
2. Using a tortillon I start blending these pencil marks, still moving in the same direction of the lines. This smooths their appearance, makes the changes in tone more gradual, and also adds value to the places my pencil didn’t touch. I don’t want to make it too blurry though, so I alternate using my kneaded eraser to lift and using my 4B pencil to add more strokes back in to maintain texture to the material.
3. With a 4H graphite pencil, I add many strokes crossing over the ones I made with the 4B pencil (crosshatching) to further emulate the texture of the clothing. I use this very light grade pencil because I do not want these strokes to stand out as much. I also use a 6B charcoal pencil in the darkest shadows made by the folds to make the edges of them a little sharper. I continue alternating between blending, lifting, and adding more strokes (now also using B graphite pencil) until I am happy with the overall appearance.
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