Learning Objectives:
  •  To learn how lips are typically proportioned.
  •  To practise skills in proportions, tonal shading and detail. 
  •  To improve your ability to see shapes, tones and gradients accurately
  •  To make appropriate changes to improve your work as it develops. 
Your task:
Produce a detailed drawing of an ear that is approximately 10cm high, following the video, worksheet and tips listed below. You should be routinely making changes as your work develops.
What you will need: 
Sketching paper (or your sketchbook), a soft pencil (preferably 2B or 4B), eraserblending stump (or cotton bud) and a pencil sharpener.
Top Tips:
  •  Try not to simplify the outlines. Look out for every irregularity
  •  Check the angles of each shape carefully
  •  For the lightest areas of shading, it is better to apply graphite using a cotton bud or a piece of tissue, rather than using your pencil as pencils can make it too dark and 'scratchy'
  •  You can leave gaps for the highlights, but you can also use an eraser after shading to emphasise the lighter tones
Other Tips:
  •  Use a sharp pencil
  •  Draw as lightly as you can when sketching your initial outlines
  •  Notice carefully how gradients create shapes, not just the obvious outlines
  •  Measure the initial width, height and angle of each shape carefully
  •  Hold your pencil as a shallow angle when shading to avoid scribble lines appearing
  •  Layer up your shading gradually and smudge between each layer