This is the last section dealing with value or tone, and it ends with a study of Rene Magritte's drawing "The Thought Which Sees" (1965) - you can view this drawing on the right. Magritte creates this drawing to confound normal perceptions of day and night / light and dark. It's quite a symbolic use of value and creates a dreamlike impression of day and night.
So the project this week was to create a drawing which uses value to create mood and expressiveness created by juxtaposing light and dark. An example of this was suggested to draw a cityscape or landscape by day and the same scene by night. I've chosen to draw my neighbour's house in the daytime and draw the same house as it appears at night time. You can see the value reversals clearly in the way value is used for the window lighting in both scenes. Another option would have been to draw the same house, half in daytime lighting and half as a night scene.
Almost half way through the Creative Drawing course (Howard J. Smagula) now ! Not sure if it's actually improving my technical ability much, but the projects are mostly interesting and do encourage me to reflect more deeply on different drawing concepts...
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.