To continue my study of the chiaroscuro concept from a couple of weeks ago... on the right is the famous self portrait of Gustav Corbet (Self Portrait with a pipe 1849) with charcoal on paper. His use of chiaroscuro shows the portrait emerging out of a dark, mysterious background, using the lightest tone for his facial features to emphasis this important aspect of the portrait.
On the left is an exercise from Drawings on the right side of the brain by Betty Edwards that I did a few years ago. It is a copy of the Corbet drawing using graphite pencil and using an eraser as a drawing implement to show the highlighted areas of importance, thus creating the chiaroscuro juxtopositions.
This is another exercise if chiaroscuro I did a few years ago from Bert Dodson's Keys to Drawing book. It was to use a black and white photograph and draw the picture to match the tones from the photograph. It was done with a soft graphite pencil and an eraser was again used to highlight the lightest tones on the side of the face.
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.