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With your model in front of you, or a photograph, or even another artist's picture to copy, first make a very simple outline of the figure in a colour that lends itself to the subject-matter.

2 Having set the scene, I then built up a texture with pink strokes going in different directions, following the contours of the figure. Don't put these marks very close together or the figure will look too pink. Leave any areas of light where the spotlamp catches the far side of the figure.

Looking hard at it, I noticed some areas of light blue which I put in with my palest blue. Once again, the blue ink is fairly strong, so I keep the marks far enough apart to be 'diluted' by the off-white paper ground.

3 After this, the whole range of coloured inks comes into play as I build up the darker colours with myriad marks in order to make my earlier lighter tones look less strong in contrast. There is a limit to how far you can take this. Black is the darkest colour and you cannot use it extensively or the picture will become too sombre. The very lightest areas of this figure carry some yellow marks to give an effect of the artificial light.

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Freehand Sketching An Introduction

Freehand Sketching An Introduction

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