Thursday, March 1, 2012

Drawing Contrast

Here is the next drawing my in pen and ink practice series. This exercise is primarily one of contrast. Light set next to dark and dark set next to light. Although that’s the basis of many types of art techniques, it’s especially true of pen and ink where contrast and ink marks are all you have to tell your story.

Although this drawing was done in (Noodler’s) black ink on white paper, the contrast difference would have just as easily been seen with another color of ink on white paper. As long as the ink color isn’t too light (sunny yellow on white paper might pose something of a problem) the mind will look for the contrast and interpret the image on the basis of that contrast. I’m planning to do one of my next practice pieces in colored ink to prove that theory. You can see how that goes in the next few days.  

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