Mike Sibley   Comment Posted Oct.30th, 2012, viewed 131 times

This is a much better scan! Thank you!

As before, I'm pleased to see you going much darker in the second row of boxes, but (I'm referring to the 4B and 2B in particular) you could go darker still. Your shading is pleasingly solid, but it lacks the strength required to make the most of maximum contrast in a drawing.

The 4B and 2B in particular need to be as black as you can make them, because the greater the difference between your darkest tone and lightest (the white of your paper), the greater will be the range of tones available to you in your drawing. And good solid blacks will add impact to your drawings and help with three-dimensional rendering.

I always download and adjust scans before critiquing, so below is what I was looking at.

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trixie1 Oct.29th, 2012
Image added to Drawing from Line to Life: DG201:1 Tools, materials and shading techniques:

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