Rhino Laying Down. Pencil.
I’m impressed by how much the weight of the rhino comes through using just thin lines (with a few dark ones). The rhino is not going to stand up anytime soon. Did you set out for this or was it just the subject?
Thanks Che Pablo! It was my intention to get the rhino to feel like it was occupying space and sitting heavily on the ground. I’m glad that you felt my drawing was effective. I’ve been working on varying my line width and edges which help bring volume. If you emphasize straight lines on the bottom and make them thicker, it creates the illusion of weight and makes the subject feel like it’s sitting on the ground. A famous illustrator once said that if you get the edges right (soft, hard, and lost) when mapping your shadow patterns/shapes that it doesn’t matter what you put within the shapes, the form will still read. I’ve found that to be largely true and it’s something I tried on this drawing. I’ve been much more aware of the edges I use when describing a shape/contour. It makes a big difference.
Now that you say that it, it does seem that the jawline anchors the drawing. Thanks for the tip. It’s something I will have to play with.
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