Take a Closer Look and See the Detail

When the shapes and spaces in your composition are drawn correctly and you have established a tonal range for dealing with the lights and darks that you can see, you can also add surface detail in line, tone, or texture, or a mix of all three.

Some of your object choices will be rich with surface texture and detail. To accurately describe that specific quality about an object, you will need that vocabulary of marks, but only in response to a real seeing of what is there.

Practice a page of marks similar to the page you created in Chapter 7, "A Room of Your Own." You can create a tonal chart with any new mark or texture to see how you can use it to handle tonal variations or detail that is in both light and shadow.

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