I managed to finish my last card for an illustratedatcs.com swap. I was starting to get frantic because, again, I had signed up for too many swaps and taken a ton of requests. Well, I can now cross one off the list. *Ah* That feels better.
This little portrait card is simply white colored pencil on black paper. I’ve always been more likely to lift out whites on a paper covered with a ground of charcoal or graphite, so it was a challenge for me to create this drawing. I made a similar one over the weekend. So I had a better idea of what to do.
I created a rough map on the paper (lightly sketched in graphite) so I could see where I would reserve the black paper for shadows. Even though I knew where I thought the shadows would be I didn’t really know what the face would look like. I then just moved around the paper starting with light layers of white pencil and shaping the face as I went.
At what seemed to be the midpoint, I made it a point to check the drawing in a mirror before going too far. I wanted to make sure the features were balanced. After that I continued to shape the face until I was ready to put in the highlights on the nose, forehead, and chin. Then I pressed hard with the pencil marking more forcefully.
Well, that was day five. Only 26 more days to go…
2 thoughts on “Every Day in May: Day 5 – White on Black”
Amazing drawing! I really like the effect of the white marks on black.
Thanks Ann. I’m really enjoying working white on black. I plan to do more. I appreciate you stopping by!