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Chiaroscuro

Hello everyone! I was hesitant to share my work, because I don't think it's really a portrait. Realism is difficult for me, and I decided to use the techniques discussed in this class to explore my preferred style of drawing. 

I thought it was awesome using so much black, since normally I shy away from using very much. I also enjoyed using colored pencil, since it's been many years since I abandoned them for india ink and crow quills!

Here is my rough sketch. Done at a smaller size than the final, it took about an hour. I then brought it into photoshop to make it more symmetrical. I decided to add some flourishes, too. Next, I printed out my sketch and traced it with a light table onto the final paper.

Below is the "final" black and white version. (Final, I think?) I'm unsure about adding color... I have a feeling it will look too grainy/textured since the drawing only has an 8 inch diameter.

I was surprised how small my black pencil became while doing this drawing! Are you guys experiencing that, too? It feels satisying to burn through supplies. One of these days I want to buy some paper that's heavier poundage, but it's so expensive... le sigh. Here, I used 100 lb Strathmore smooth bristol board.

What do you think? Want to see some color on it? I like it in black and white, myself, but that could be fear talking. I'm a little scared of messing it up with color!

Would you like to see the leaves on the bottom have more tonal value? I like the idea of them being stark white, but as you can see, I played with the idea of adding dimension to them.

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I was hesitant about coloring this piece, but then I figured, "why not?". I'm glad I did! 

Fixative may be my colored pencils' new best friend.  It makes the black stay put while you add color on top! I had to order some online, but I was impatient and curious of what would happen if I didn't use it... so I colored half of it before the fixative arrived in the mail. It smeared a bit. I definitely didn't want to color the skin before fixing the black! (No specks and smears on the skin, please!) Working with fixative was very effective in keeping it all clean. A new item in the tool box, yessir!

~As always, any comments, observations, and suggestions are welcome, my fellows.~

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