Strathmore toned paper – Wolf study

Strathmore toned paper – Wolf study

Lately, I’ve been working on sketches using Strathmore toned paper.  I’ve always worked on white paper before so this is quite a change.  Working on toned paper is a great way to easily cover a wide range of values by using the colour of the paper as the midtone. In its simplest for, you could simply work in black and white to great effect but if you want to expand your possibilities then this is a wonderful paper to try.  It’s an 80 lb acid free quality paper.  It comes in tan or gray and in a variety of sizes.  As per Strathmore’s description it accepts graphite pencil, coloured pencil, charcoal, sketching stick, soft pastel and oil pastel.  I have also seen artists get wonderful results using ink liners, felt markers, ballpoint pens and gelly roll pens.

LSpino_wolfl on toned paper.jpgThis wolf study was done on tan toned paper, 9″ X 12″.  I used Staedtler pigment liner in various sizes, Derwent terracotta drawing pencil, Conté white pencil, white gelly roll pen and graphite pencil.  This is a great way to test ideas for a finished drawing but whether or not a sketch like this ever finds its way to  a more formal drawing, it is great fun just as a practice piece.

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Wildlife Art – Realistic Graphite Pencil Drawing – Mallard hen

Wildlife Art – Realistic Graphite Pencil Drawing – Mallard hen

Often the most humble of subjects can be the most appealing. I’m fortunate to see mallards often where I live and I’ve learned to appreciate their surprising beauty. Easy to overlook, they are actually very appealing birds and I’ve spent a lot of time observing them up close. Whether they are caring for their young or keeping watch while other members of the flock feed, they exhibit complex social behaviour.

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I’ve drawn the male with his distinctive markings before. Here I’ve depicted him on rippling water in bright, low sunlight. 

 

 

LSpino_mallard2This time I wanted to show the female in low light on calm water.  The idea was to provide a dark background to show off  her lighter plumage which is just as lovely as the male’s, but offers softer contrast and is more monochromatic.

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