by Akikoma, January 29th 2021 © 2021 Akikoma

Done as part of a 30 minute class.

My current goal is: I don't know! I am an absolute beginner; I'm here to study the basics of rendering

Nice to meet you. I'm participating from Japan. I would be very happy if you could give me a critique. I'm not very good at English, so I'm using translation software to write this text.

I may not be able to write a good reply, but if you give me a critique, I would like to refer to it.


These are very nice drawings the outlines and proportions seem accurate and the gesture is expressive.

If by “rendering” you mean showing how the three dimensional form is revealed by light and shadows you will probably need more than a five minute pose, at least at the beginning. Many of the animal poses are shot with diffuse lighting that is very difficult to render.

Select subjects with a clear single light source and try to identify the line where the curve of the model passes from light into shadow. This is often called the “bedbug line”. It is the line where an insect crawing across the model would cross from light into shadow. Where the curve of the model is shallow, the transition is gradual. Where the curve is a tight one, the transition is sharp.

Maybe practice by setting up a simple still life. Light it with a single spot light from the side. A ball, a milk bottle, a roll of paper towels, something like that. You quickly realize that it is the transition from light into shadow that reveals the shape. And you don't have to capture too much of that to create a convincing sense of volume.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Hello Ab2qj.

Thank you for your very thoughtful critique.

I'll refer to it!

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