HOW TO BLOCK-IN A DRAWING – Drawing a Shar Pei Puppy

Hello my friends and welcome to another
Tuesday of tutorial! I am Leonardo Pereznieto, and today we
will go over the block-in technique, and we will do this by drawing a Shar-Pei
puppy. Blocking-in maybe the best technique to begin a drawing, especially if you are copying it from life or from a reference picture. It consists of
reducing your subject to simple shapes, a simplified outline, it is like
drawing a rough envelope where you can fit your figure in. In fact it is also
called, sometimes, the envelope technique. Once the overall outline is done we can
now block in some internal shapes, like the ear and the legs of this puppy. Some of the reasons why this technique is so useful, is that you can start rapidly and
easily, while giving it the overall right proportions and placement. It is very disheartening to begin with something like an eye or the face, work on it for a
long time to then find out that it is in the wrong place or of the wrong
proportion, and you have to erase it having wasted so much. While with the
blocking technique you ensure you have the right proportions and the right
placement right from the start! and then it is just a matter of coming back and adding in the minor shapes and all the detail, like all these wrinkles! these lovely puppies look like they were given too large of flesh for their size. OK! very good. I’m almost done drawing all the wrinkles. Let’s go over the ear a little bit more, and then we can begin shading. I’ll try to shade it fairly rapidly like… a little bit sketchy, let’s make the eye
or the eyelids rather more evident and darker and then with the shading we can
give shape, shape to each wrinkle and feature, and to the overall volumes. Their head is wide and squarish. I’m using the Tutto3 mechanical pencil. The list of materials for this drawing, is in the information below the video. I love drawing! and drawing something as cute as this… it’s just so enjoyable! Alright! and this lip is very “hangy,” they are floppy and loose. Sometimes, reference pictures don’t have the best lighting like in this case and it is
worthwhile to add more contrast, more definition, or more volume. You should always improve them, because Art is better than a picture. We give it the last touches, the last details and it´s ready! If you enjoyed it please give it a
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