Project – Making Marks

Exercise – Tonal Studies
In the squares I didn’t at first see ways of grading the cross hatching but managed it with the fibre tip pen which was the thinnest implement.
However I am not sure that this is an effective method of graded shading as it would be difficult to predict where the gradations of tone will occur. However overall it does produce an interesting effect and whilst hard to draw freehand on a measured or mechanical basis some unusual effects could be reproduced.

In the drawings I did not find the hatched shading as realistic as shading with a soft lead. To be a realistic shadow you have to get the dominant lines of the hatching to align with the flow of the light otherwise you will get the “tilting shadow” shown in the ball sketch.
It was difficult to tell the difference between the reflected light and the direct light. The reflections were indistinct, if any. I think there would have to be appropriate colours and a good light source before this could be drawn with certainty.

The application of light and shade to the subject strengthens the effects of depth and perspective in a drawing and the gradation tonal values enhances the finished product.


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