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The contrast of intense black shading and lightly drawn linear marks creates a strong sense of movement.

The contrast of intense black shading and lightly drawn linear marks creates a strong sense of movement.

John Ward RA, Siena, 33 x 56 cm (13 x 22 in) In this picture the artist has caught the dazzlingly bright light that shines on a bustling market square with a clever combination of watercolour and pencil. Rich, deep washes of watercolour have been drawn in shaded areas to heighten the contrast with the stark white paper while clean pencil marks delineate the structure of the ornate Italian buildings precisely.

Jane Stanton, Horace Shadow Boxing,

28 x 23cm (11x9in)

This vigorous drawing in black and white chalks has been built up in a series of rhythmical marks. Interestingly, the white of the paper has been left untouched to depict the bandaged hands, while the highlights on the arm and shoulder have been produced by white chalk. This gives the figure a sense of solidity and heightens the tonal contrasts.

Paper

Originally all papers were handmade and tended to be of a high quality. Paper was also quite scarce so artists often drew on the reverse side for economy. Toned or coloured paper, prepared by the artist himself with washes of watercolour, was a popular way of creating unusual effects. Today we have an enormous range of papers to choose from,

Toned paper

Toned or coloured paper can add an extra dimension to a work, providing a uniform tone and an underlying unity, as well as influencing the mood of a drawing. Special artists' papers, such as Ingres paper, are best for this type of drawing.

which can make the choice a difficult one. Both handmade and commercially made papers have varying degrees of absorbency and are sold in different weights. Toned or tinted papers are also worth considering and they are available in a selection of colours. Experiment with textures and weights until you find paper suitable for your techniques.

Commercially made smooth paper

Selection of coloured pastel papers and toned watercolou r papers

Commercially made semi-rough paper

Selection of coloured pastel papers and toned watercolou r papers

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