Progress Shot 10
Adding the black and white chalk kind of destroyed the value map and so here starts the rebuild. Now the silverpoint has become the mid tone, and the black and white chalk serve to create the range from the mid to either extreme.
The first I needed to do was to blend the whites and blacks so that I loose the patchiness of the previous version. Then, again look at the darkest darks, such as the drop shadow running along her left leg. Now you can really see how grey was the darkest silverpoint in places such as the sudden plane change on her right knee. It is important to mention however, that it would have been perfectly ok to stay with those greys having them represent the darkest darks as long as there is unity in the image. Not every drawing has to have black in it. It’s was simply a different value range and would have worked just fine.