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Add further shading to the left of the head to pull its form forward. Rub back with a fingertip so that this tone has a lower value than the hair to the right; if the tones are even, the drawing will tend to flatten out. Note how the larger areas of tone pick up the honeycomb pattern of the paper, adding an extra textural element to the work.

► Self-portrait

Bold charcoal strokes and strong contrasts of light and dark are key to the impact of this work, capturing the visual drama of the face. The neckline and headscarf act as a frame within the frame of the drawing, pulling attention toward the face.

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