Tonal drawing is based on the observation of light and how it defines what we see. The world is visible to our eye through the perception of light and shadow, but in order to draw the world the way the eye actually sees it, an artist has to overcome the instinct toward line.


Understanding tonal drawing is to understand how to interpret the value relationships within the subject being drawn. In other words, it means understanding the relationships between black and white, highlight and shadow, and interpreting these through a range of gray.

Clarity in tonal drawing is created by distinguishing the value relationship ...

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