One of the best things I was reminded of while studying with Craig Srebnik recently was: "Link the Darks!" I've heard it a number of times from different sources, but it is an easy thing to forget. (If one remembers to do it, however, the results will be much stronger than if one doesn't remember to do it!) Case-in-point... Here is a drawing that I dashed out tonight because I needed something for the blog. I spent less than an half an hour on it, but it's not bad (even though I drew it on the wrong side of the paper). I linked the darks, and that is why it doesn't suck. Here are the steps:
1. I drew the outline (from a photo reference) paying attention to where the darks will go
2. I put the dark in as one major shape, (none of that drawing one eye/one nostril thing..everything is massed together!)
3. I added the middle tones
4. Then....I use a kneaded eraser to remove areas from the darks (for definition). Voila! A quick drawing with good shapes...that holds up from across the room.
Drawing: Celeste Bergin, White Horse, charcoal on 11x14 paper