A Drawing A Day 1201

Progress Shot 15

I don’t think I should touch it after this update. What’s new….well, after yesterdays equalising pass, I brought back the highlights, that darkest darks, added a whole stack of details in the shaded areas that define the internal structure of these areas without loosing the tone map, extra highlights – such as grey hair, wrinkles on the side of the neck…
Anyhow, I think this is quite ok now. ;–))

Graphite on prepared Canson Mi–Teintes paper, 38 x 55cm

A Drawing A Day 1196

Progress Shot 10

This is another pass of equalising the values in terms of transitions from one into the other. Which means I am not making the darks any lighter, I am just softening the transitions from the darks to the lights. I have also continued with establishing a base tone on the lit part of the neck.

Graphite on prepared Canson Mi–Teintes paper, 38 x 55cm

A Drawing A Day 1195

Progress Shot 09

In this state I am beginning to push the values, finding the darkest darks and lightest lights. With this I go in stages. I make the darkest darks only as dark as I bear to conceive comparing them to the current value map of the image. Then I adjust the rest of the map to be in sync with these darkest darks. Only to discover they are not dark enough, Then I do another pass of the same process, until I am satisfied and don’t want to go any darker.

Graphite on prepared Canson Mi–Teintes paper, 38 x 55cm

A Drawing A Day 1194

Progress Shot 08

In this progress shot what I did was to remove some of the detail in order to work with larger tone shapes. If you have a look at the previous state from yesterday, apart from the shift of the mouth and and chin, the excess detail was another thing that was disrupting the unity of the image. That kind of detail comes sparingly at the end as a garnish on top of the well built and established value planes and shapes. Without those details the face suddenly looks much more solid.

Graphite on prepared Canson Mi–Teintes paper, 38 x 55cm

A Drawing A Day 1193

Progress Shot 07

So, the mouth and chin are moved. The face has fallen apart somehow, as there’s nothing there to hold it together. Normally the construction would hold things together until light takes over (provided that’s the type of drawing you’re making – painterly, value based rather than sculptural, based on construction and volumes) and does the unifying effect. Because I have done a major construction shift amidst the process of the values taking over in holding the image together, now, it’s neither of the two that can do the job. Will have to keep things in mind until I can build up the values to take over. Hmmmm…but there is something else disrupting the unity here.

Graphite on prepared Canson Mi–Teintes paper, 38 x 55cm