DFRSOB – Still Life of Books

Today I felt like I forced myself to draw which is never ideal for me. My drawing is hard to force out and I end up not liking it which then discourages me.

The task was to draw a still life of a stack of books on a table. Sounds easy enough. The trouble comes in (as it always does for me) in the shading or rendering of the final product. I just cant seem to find the right balance of crosshatching and blend shading. One day I will get it right.

Purpose of the exercise is to draw things as you see them on the plane of vision. The books themselves I feel came out good but I am just not happy with the shading. Crosshatching requires very straight and uniform lines which I simply just cannot seem to wrangle. Perhaps I just need to draw more.


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