The Making of an Artist Key Discovery:
Squaring Off Forms
It is difficult to represent round forms because of the large number of small value changes. If you try to represent these value changes by blending, it is easy to lose the sense of form. Too much blending also destroys the color. To solve this problem, square off all round forms before painting them.
Think of the round form as an apple you have just cut with a knife to remove the peel. Cut it in such a way that you replace all the curved surfaces by a series of planes. You can then assign the various types of light to each of these planes.
Once you have mastered an apple or a pear, or some other simple round object, you can then apply the same principle to a more complex form, such as a flower, a cup, rocks on the beach or even heads. Go to the International Artist website www.internationalartist.com and click on Virtual Art Academy®. To learn more about how to make your forms appear three-dimensional, see the Virtual Art Academy Apprentice Program workshops D, F, G, I, J, K, L and P.