Tuesday, November 27, 2007

White Colored Pencil on Black

Allium Cepa (Onion) (16" x 22") Colored Pencil on Black LetraMax (Framed 16" x 20")

Dreams of Another Day (10" x 15") Colored Pencil on Black LetraMax (Framed 17" x 22")

Working this way taught me tons about values! So much so that I always start with a white value study when working on black. Not only does it help to brighten the highlights but all the hard work is done with the value study, adding color at this point is nothing but FUN, FUN, FUN!
The only way to achieve the values is by pressure of the white pencil.
If you want to try the reverse, black pencil on white paper, see the work of Ann James Massey,


Fannie said...

I'm running to the store to buy more black Letramax! You've convinced me to work in black and white as I realize I need more study in values. Thanks, Cindy.

Cindy said...

I think one can never know enough about values, so I say "go for it".

You might also want to check out this website www.annjamesmassey.com

She works in black pencil on white paper...just the reverse, and has some award winning pieces for her efforts.

I'm going to update my blog to add her to yesterday's post.


Fannie said...

Thanks, Cindy. I'm working on the value charts as you suggested. I decided to do value charts for several colors on black, gray and white. I think it will give me valuable experience in understanding values. Thanks for the link.