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Beginners drawing - Tones & shading

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Tone This refers to the lightness or darkness of something. This could be a shade or how dark or light a colour appears.Tones are created by the way light falls on a 3D object. The parts of the object on which the light is strongest are calledhighlights and the darker areas are called shadows. There will be a range of tones in between the highlights and shadows, these are referred to as mid-tones.
Shading
Shading is used to capture these different tones in a drawing. It helps to create an illusion of form in a 2D artwork. When shading it's important to think about the direction of the marks you are making as this can help to emphasise the form of the object. ContrastContrast means the amount of difference between the lightest and darkest tones. It should be combined with a range of mid tones. Contrast in tones can help create a dramatic artwork.

Study the objects you are drawing carefully to see where the lightest and darkest tones are. Remember that there may be several sources of li…

Faber - Castell PITT artist pens review

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Trying out Faber Castell Artist Pens for the first time :- I recently bought the pack of 8 Artist PITT pens in black by Faber Castell. I haven't used them before, so thought I would write a quick review of them.

When they arrived, I decided to use the XS pen to draw this derelict barn.


I enjoyed drawing with this pen, however for size XS, I did expect it to be slightly finer. I will look to see if there is a smaller size. I used the XS for most of this drawing, apart from the shadow inside the barn which was filled in using the soft brush pen. I liked the variety of line achieved with this pen by varying the angle and pressure.
In my second picture I used the soft brush pen to draw an acorn and painted in the colour with watercolour. The pens are both waterproof and lightfast with a very high permanence.

Using this pen was very much like painting with a brush, I was impressed with the softness and the variety of line from this one pen.
Overall I enjoyed using these pens and will d…