Sunday, March 16, 2008

White paper on white and black paper on black

whiteonwhite
blackonblack
This is the kind of student exercise which really brings home that black or white, it makes no difference, it’s the light and shade that matters. Bit of a metaphor for human relationships then.

7 Comments:

Blogger Student with Asperger's said...

I've been looking into light and dark in life drawing classes. But what you say is very true when you actually look at it.

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3/17/2008 9:53 PM  
Anonymous catnapping said...

some of my favorite drawings have been those of crumpled paper, and wrinkled linens. i love the play of light on surfaces.

nicely done.

3/18/2008 1:57 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

You were patient when you did these! Black and white doesn't matter eh! Tell that to everyone and shout it from the rooftops. We all have various 'identities' but some people only see ethnicity and colour eh! We are all 'shady' characters really.
w.

3/18/2008 5:18 AM  
Blogger Penny said...

What wonderful drawings, and so delicately done.

3/18/2008 6:05 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Wow! These are gogeous studies! They are very believable. I love your patience.

3/27/2008 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand the exercise. Why doesn't the black paper look black and the white paper look white? Why are they both the same, yet highlights on black paper look dark grey, not white; and shadows on white paper look light grey, not dark grey?

3/28/2008 1:55 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thanks all for all your nice comments. Anonymous the point of the exercise is to show that to convey the three-dimensionality of what your eye sees you will need to use the full range of tones available to you from a mere pencil. The range of tones between the darkest dark and the lightest light available from a pencil is a lot less than the range between the depth of the darkest dark and the luminosity of the lightest light of either of these subject matter.

3/28/2008 8:33 AM  

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