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Friday, 15 November 2013

Chiaroscuro

Trying something new to me... chiaroscuro = no lines/contours instead drawing shadow shapes only. I'm using an amazing book - The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William L. Maughan - which has really changed how I think about drawing.

Most of the drawing I've done previously has been contour drawing (round the edges) so this style is pretty tricky for me. But what an amazing effect. I'm blown away with how dimensional my piece looks and all I used were a couple of pastel pencils on a messy bit of journal page.

Apparently it's how Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. Hmmm... I have a way to go!

Have you tried drawing like this? I think it's really going to help my painting too.




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