Getting to That Finish Line

Do you see how your shapes now have a sense of volume and they seem to really be there in space?

As you practice adding tone to an accurate contour line drawing, you will begin to add it sooner, after the first planning lines are there to define the shapes and spaces of the composition.

Take your time building up tone and balancing the tones in your drawing. It takes patience and discipline, but you can do it.

You will be pleased with the result, and your drawings will have the added dimension of volume and weight.

You can use tone as much or as little as you wish. It is your choice, as it is your choice as to how much to render, how dark to go, and how to balance the tone and line in your drawing.

Then, of course, there is the matter of deciding when you are done. You are done when you have drawn the shapes, spaces, highlights, mid-tones, darks, and shadows in your composition and balanced all of them for a drawing that describes your arrangement in space. Are you pleased with your tonal drawing?

As Michelangelo said to the Pope when asked about the ceiling painting for the Sistine Chapel, "I will be done when I am finished." Like Michelangelo, you are done when you are pleased.

In Chapter 11, "At the Finish Line: Are You Ready for More?" we will look at detail and texture, surface elements that can tell still more about the objects that you draw.

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