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ALTERNATE APPROACHES

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STARTING WITH A CREATIVE BACKGROUND

In this approach, charcoal is applied to white paper to establish a toned surface, and then a portrait emerges through manipulation and lifting to create value and highlights.

The background can play an important role in the visual statement of a drawing. A background can give artwork a soft, calm look, or liven a piece with an energetic, striking approach. Incorporating a creative background in your artwork shouldn’t take the focus away from the subject. Concentrate on the lights and darks of the subject when selecting a background treatment. If the subject is very light on one side, ...

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