Comment posted Nov.29th, 2012, viewed 20 times
<< What I would like to ask is why are my black holes pale, I have used a 4h and there are areas that are not black when scanned although they look black on my original drawing. >>
Don't worry. This time I can see it's glare from the scanner that has lightened the darks. I can quite easily understand they are in fact very intense blacks. Last time, I was not that certain.
This is better in quite a few respects, but the wood still contains a lot of white. Untreated (ie: not varnished) wood doesn't naturally contain any white at all. Remove the white with an overall light layer of 2H, or even HB, and it should look a lot more solid. The harder grades are too hard to affect the darks in the wood, they simply remove white and reduce the contrast, but they do unify the area so it appears to be a solid plank.
Your leaves can contain white - indeed I'd make a lot of use of white or very light highlights. They'll contrast well with the darker wood and give a sound feeling of depth and three-dimensional form.
Also, add cast shadows where each leaf crosses over another one. That also gives depth and helps to separate the leaves. In the image below I was showing someone how a shadow cast on the wood can greatly alter our perception of where the leaf is in relation to the wall, but take a look at the shadows the leaves cast on each other.
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