My name is Lee. I am a sixth grade
student. I need help on my pencil drawing.
What can I do to the background? What
should I do with the bird's chest? How can I make the values show
more than they do?
The eye is good so far and you certainly are
making it dramatic,
which is important.
Do you see any more detail in the eye surrounding the pupil which
could be interesting to describe?
I think that your picture
is very good. I think that you should make his chest more textured.
Kris and Katy
asked about "background." This is the place where you can
add information that will tell a bit of a story. Imagine how different
this same drawing would be if there were tree branches and leaves
in the background, or hunters with guns, or zoo cage bars. Not one
line of the eagle has changed, yet the meaning of the drawing is completely
different for each of those backgrounds. Even an even black tone would
give a very different mood than the even white you have at this point.
You may wish to xerox your drawing and try out different backgrounds
until you decide on the one that you like.
Thank you so much for all of your remarks.
What I ended up doing is I put bars in the back so it looks like
it is in a cage in the zoo.
What a difference, Lee! The bars add such
a sense of place--not only is it a hawk, but we know something about
this hawk now a bit of a story. In fact, since the bars are
BEHIND the hawk, you put me (the viewer) right in the cage with
We like how you outlined the wing so you know
that it's not part of the chest. Jerry & Derek k-5