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Friday, 5 March 2010

Modeling Cylindrical Forms in Art – Tree Trunk, Human Limb


























These images are details from 2 different paintings; a tree trunk and an upper leg. They are also shown in gray scale (values). In a prior post I wrote about modeling cylindrical forms. The light, middle tone and shadow areas of cylinders have soft edges. These forms do not have the hard edges that occur when 2 planes of a cube meet. These soft edges and modeling are seen in my painting of the tree trunk. Limbs of humans are routinely viewed and modeled as cylindrical forms. However artists can make edges of the light, mid tones and shadow areas harder. I did this in my painting of a dancer. I wanted to make the structure of the limbs more sculptural and dynamic in character. Muscles in contraction are often painted with harder edges. Artists have wonderful opportunities to express subjects to meet their emotional goals. I also enjoyed painting the reflection of the cool green grass in the shadow of the tree trunk.
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