So after a bit of an Easter holiday break, it's back to some drawing practice and I'm up to exploring areas of light and dark. Smagula gives a good description of the term chiaroscuro which is an Italian term that refers to the opposition of dark and light tones to create perception of 3D forms and the illusion of space.
The project this week was to arrange some kitchen implements on a table and make sure there is a clear directional light to create shadows and clear highlights. I did this drawing at night time and the overhead light was sufficient to create some shadow effects, otherwise you can use a lamp to shine on the objects. This drawing was done with graphite pencils. I tried to think about clear light and dark areas and kept in mind the tonal categories from last weeks post regarding the technicality of drawing the highlights and shadow areas. I'm happy with the way this drawing has turned out. I think a 3D effect has been successfully created with the tonal shading. This drawing took between 30 - 45 minutes, but I was taking a lot of care with the shading. I feel quite comfortable with this style of tonal drawing.
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Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.