Brown Paper Sketchbook

Drawing on a colored paper is a very different process than a white paper. I prefer to use charcoal or graphite to build up tones from white. Starting from a mid-tone is new and forces me to think differently about the whole drawing.

When reflecting on this mini-series of drawings it is clear now that the highlights were an afterthought and need to be more than just a scribble here and there. And I need to think more about the outline that is so present in my drawings. When I'm playing with white and black on a colored paper the line has to be better utilized as a more intentional tool, or it needs to give way to the academic layering of highlight and tone creating subtle volume. Plenty of work to do!