Figure drawing on toned paper

Jun 18 Figure drawing on toned paper

I really enjoy drawing on toned paper since I can achieve dramatic contrast between highlight and shade on a pre-set mood.

This series of quick figure drawings uses Conte pencils and deep pumpkin colored paper. I chose this particular toned paper to get a warm and intense atmosphere like sunset or by the fire. Adding white Conte to darker paper gives strong highlights, which almost look radiant.  My Conte pencil set contains White, Sanguine, Sepia, Graphite, Charcoal and Pierre, all of which I used.

“Woman in See Thru Blouse”

She’s exhausted or pensive. The sun is hitting her crisply, highlighting her beautiful hair and facial features. The sun light soaks through the satin blouse, revealing her skin and bra.


“Woman with White Lace Ruffle”

Looks like she’s by a fireplace. Actually I used Rachel Bilson as a model from C Magazine.

So before you start your figure drawing, take a look at the paper options available to you. You may be surprised by what you come up with!

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