Line Qualities - Tonal Variation
Now we're looking at how line makes visual statements that are personally expressive. The next few exercises are to practise some different line qualities in different styles. The drawing on the left of a shelf of my bookcase is a practice of tonal variations using charcoal on paper. The aim was to analyse and exaggerate the difference between the light and dark areas to heighten the visual effect and to create a mood.
The two drawing on the left are exercises I did a few years ago using a picture plane from Betty Edwards' Drawings on the Right Side of the Brain. They are also good examples of tonal use of line to convey three dimensionality and realism. The drawing on the right is an exercise from Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson and was drawn without use of a picture plane. The point was to choose an unusual end view of the fingertips and stress accurate detail using line only. It was to practise drawing what you see and observe rather than what you know and trying to ignore the logical part of the brain which keeps trying to tell you what a hand should look like. Drawing a range of everyday object from unconventional or unusual points of view is good practice to improve your artist eye...
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Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.