Illustration: Light-Dark study

Keeping on with the same line of sketching projects, just finnished another study of light and dark, contrast, shading, textures. Used white ink pen only for the keyhole, wanted to enhance the light intensity. In rest, sketched with a single white pencil, varying the textures and strokes directions.

Illustration, Light-Dark study on black paper, A4 size (80gr/m²)
Light-Dark study on black paper, A4 size (80gr/m²)

Sketching in reverse

Drawing on black paper is essentially working in reverse. With a sketch that’s on white (or light-colored) paper, you’re typically starting with light shading and working towards deep shadows. The opposite is true when working on black paper; a dark ground is already there, so you’ve got to transition from pitch black to medium grey to bright white marks.

Window' (Sketching, white charcoal and inkpen on black paper)
‘Window’ (Sketching, white charcoal and inkpen on black paper)