Ron Lemen’s Figure rendering process. A very analytical approach to understanding figure abstraction, construction, and rendering.
There are four videos in the series.
The first video discusses the “Armature Stage”, which basically is capturing the gesture of the figure in a loose manner: “Loose and lively in the line work”. The most important take away for me in the first video was when drawing from reference photograph we have to know where the camera is in our reference, our camera level as oppose to our eye level sitting or standing in a classroom or studio.
The second and third video discusses surface form rendering. The topics discussed were: Edges of shadow and light and the gradient transitions that links them, value contrast, and tonal progression (vertical and horizontal gradient)
The fourth video just recaps what he went over in the previous videos.
Ze Frank’s inspirational video called “An Invocation for Beginnings”