Draw 100 Skulls - #97 and #98
Value Studies on Toned Paper
So - I’d previously done a couple of posts on exploring value. Someone (and I don’t remember who it was or where I heard it) mentioned that working on toned paper was cool because it took care of the middle of the value spectrum for you (as opposed to white paper, which takes care of the lilght end). I’m extremely jealous of jhred's and m-everham's work on toned paper, but I've never been very successful with it - I thought I'd give it another shot.
When I used white paper previously, I obscured more of the white to move toward darker values. With the grey toned paper, I had to move darker with black and lighter with white (a white charcoal pencil, in this case). If I had black paper on hand, I guess I could go in completely the opposite direction by obscuring more of the paper with white charcoal to move from dark to light.
With the tan toned paper, I chose two pretty arbitrary colors to represent light and dark values. I probably would’ve been better served choosing more distinct colors (e.g. a warm color for light values, a cool color for dark values).
So if you’re playing along, that’s your exercise - pick up some toned paper (or a brown paper bag, if that’s what you have handy), a tool for making dark values, and a tool for making light values. Work outward from the middle of your value scale to create both lighter and darker values in your drawing.