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To develop the multitude of tonal relationships in your subject, use the peephole method (discussed in Chapter 5) of comparing areas of tone. The more carefully the tones are observed and rendered, the more realistic it becomes. Look for the half tone or transitional tones between the lights and shadows, as these areas help to add volume to your forms.

Now that you have rendered the large forms in relation to each other and have constructed a feeling of space and light, you can add a further dimension of reality to your drawing by rendering the individual textures, topography, and nuances of each object.

This is the time when careful scrutiny helps to reveal the individual characteristics of each object. Do not over-render these "secondary" details, or let them interfere with the large areas that you have established; keep them subordinate or else you will lose your foundation.

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Depth And Space Drawing

This is the finished drawing. The artist has carefully portrayed the objects with different tones. This portrayal of the light has enabled the artist to create depth, volume, space, and a tactile quality in the drawing. By using one-point perspective, he has rendered all of the objects in a believable space. Light has been revealed through tone, which gives a sense of solidity to the objects. You can see that texture has been created by acutely observing the transition of light and shadow on the surfaces of the objects.

One Point Perspective Still Life Drawing
Still Life #5, by Dean Fisher

In this pen, ink, and wash drawing, Guardi has skillfully rendered a vast Italian plaza. With great knowledge of rendering light, form, and space, and an understanding of perspective, the artist has used very abbreviated forms to capture the essentials of his subject.

Interior Perspective Drawing
Piazza San Marco, Venice, by Francesco Guardi, © Cleveland Museum of Art

In this very precise one-point perspective drawing of an interior, Antonio López Garcia has masterfully controlled the value of his tones to depict and juxtapose a lit room next to an unlit room in an extremely realistic manner. The value of the light slanting across the unlit room is observed with great precision. Every element is carefully considered within the composition as a whole. This sense of unity and completion opens the drawing's meaning up to interpretations, which reach beyond the "realism" of the scene.

Antonio Lopez Garcia Sketch
Interior de Water, by Antonio López Garcia, © VEGAP

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