Drawing An Egg

Drawing An Egg

Drawing an egg is a three part exercise.

Before we begin however, I think it would be helpful to not call it an egg; rather we will call it ‘the object’. This may help our brains to really see the object rather than to assume a pre-conceived notion of what an ‘egg’ should look like, which is how our brains work. Our brains store up representations of things in order to help us identify them quickly. This does not help us to draw realistically, therefore we must approach every new object as if it is the first time we are seeing it.

The first part in drawing this object is measuring and blocking precisely. Use your ruler to measure the object lengthwise and where it is the widest. It may also be helpful to measure where, along the length of the object, the widest part occurs. Using these measurements, make light marks on your paper with an HB lead, to denote the boundaries of the object. You could also draw two lines which cross in the centre of where your object will be on the paper to create a four part grid.

 

Next, draw a light outline of the object, using the markers A, B and C as guides. This should be quite faint; it is only for reference and will probably be erased later or drawn over.

Part two of drawing this object is to look at it and examine where and what the variations in tone are. You will notice it does not simply start out light at the top and then darken at the bottom.  Also look closely at the texture of the object. It is not smooth; there are bumps and irregularities on its surface.

The third part, the most fun and the hardest part, is actually drawing the object. Using a .5mm HB mechanical pencil, start shading. I like to work left to right because I am right-handed and do not want to drag my hand through graphite on my paper and smudge it. I use the smallest of strokes in a somewhat circular pattern. Start out lightly and work in the darker values by going over and over what you have done.  Remember to look at what you are drawing! Look at it as much as you can, as often as you can. If you aren’t looking at what you are drawing frequently you can get off track and have to erase and do over. Part three could take up to five hours or more. This is a very Zen exercise.

After you feel it is done, look again. Now you can use the word ‘egg’ again. Does your drawing look like your egg? Is the shape right? Does it have bumps and irregularities? At this point I like to put the drawing aside and check it again the next day with fresh eyes. After a long session of drawing, one’s judgment can become a bit wonky! When the drawing is how you want it and if you want to keep it, you can spray it with some fixative to prevent smudges.

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~ by amyheggieart on April 12, 2010.

One Response to “Drawing An Egg”

  1. Your shading technique is truly incredible! By a wide margin the very best drawing of an egg on google images lol. Thanks to you my friend I’m at the top of the curve with my egg drawing homework assignment. THANK YOU!

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