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The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets by Carrie Stuart Park

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Punch Up the Contrast

STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATION

I have come across many competent art students who are able to render beautifully drawn art, but their drawings aren’t particularly interesting. It’s because they lack contrast. Usually the drawings are very light in appearance with no true darks. An interesting drawing ranges through the full value scale, from white to black, with tones in between.

Let’s take the following washed-out drawing from so-so to spectacular by heightening the contrast and adjusting its values.

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A Drawing With No Draw

This is a nice but boring drawing. The values were created with a very timid hand. The shapes are dead-on ...

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