Creating Drama with Contrast
with Sylvester Hickmon
The impression of light is what brings a drawing to life, and it can be soft and subtle or strong and intense. The eye is usually drawn to contrasts between light and dark because they’re so visually interesting. And sometimes the contrast is so striking that the interaction or relationship between the two becomes the focus of (and not just a contributing element to) the drawing. For example, in this still life setup, Sylvester Hickmon manipulated the blinds to create an extreme pattern of shadows and highlights on the elements, making the subject almost subordinate to the play of light.