Understanding the use of tone and to incorporate a strong tonal quality into the drawings.
A key part to my teaching often centres on the understanding and use of tone. I am using this packet to illustrate how a good use of tone can dramatically improve your drawing, and take the level of your work much higher.
This approach takes some time to master, so please persevere.
One of the most important points of my drawing practice is to incorporate a strong tonal quality to my images. By rendering the surface with a full range of tone I can successfully achieve a “quality of light” within a drawing.
The tonal range is quite strong in the front left hand corner, this emphasises the close distance as the eye moves across the drawing the tonal range is condensed.
One of my main aims with this drawing was to emphasise the misty quality that was very apparent at the location. To achieve this affect I basically had to really control the range of tone across the sheet. The foreground structure is quite sharp in focus distinct and clear and as such, I have used quite a wide range of tone from a very dark grey through to a distant white. As your eye moves across the pagoda roof you will notice that the tonal range decreases.
The final small pagoda almost hiding away in the mist is generated by a subtle shape just a tone darker than the sky around it.