Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating contrast, part of Foundations of Drawing.
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…Now we've learned about the importance of light and…dark and having that real tonal range in your pictures.…What I'm going to introduce now is the idea of a tonal…ground and this is where we create a tone on the actual page.…So we're not working on to the white paper.…What this can really help you to do is to be able to focus on the lights in the…drawing, and the dark's very easily that have a real range really quickly.…So it takes a bit of time in preparing…a tonal ground, but once it's done it can really…speed up the actual drawing process to get a…real nice sense of realism and form in your drawings.…
It takes away a lot of the fear from having that white paper in front of you.…So we're going to use a 3B pencil, your frame and your graphite stick,…to rub it onto the actual page, so we get this really nice, even grey tone.…So let's have a look at setting up a tonal ground.…So to establish a tonal ground, we've just got to again position the…frame like we did before, and just draw around the inside of it.…
Shape: By focusing on the shapes of the objects (and more importantly the shapes between the objects) you can view subjects with a whole new outlook and focus.
Simplicity: You'll get better results by concentrating on simple subjects and drawing techniques that will still prove powerful when used together.
Structure: A structured approach makes drawing easier to master.
Each chapter in this course is built on these three principles, combining drawing theory and practical examples with worksheets and drawing assignments. Will Kemp brings his passion for teaching and infectious love of drawing together in these lessons. You'll learn about line, value, tone, negative space, and perspective, and come away with the confidence to start making drawing a daily practice.
This course was created and produced by Will Kemp. We're honored to host this training in our library.
- Materials you need to draw
- Drawing theory
- Framing your composition
- Using the picture plane
- Creating contrast
- Using negative space to create more powerful compositions
- Creating form from shadows and light