tones and shades of portrait art drawing and sketching.
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"medium" tones can be the trickiest. You might feel too timid
to put them in as dark as they should be. A lot of "newbie"
artists have used a "medium" tone for areas that really should
be black! (Pupil of eye, etc.) Putting in the proper tones in the proper
areas can be a little daunting at first. But don't be timid, you can
tones are usually used to make the transition from dark areas to lighter
areas more gradual, and smooth. Without medium tones, the portrait would
look harsh, and the darker shading would be too severe. Using medium
tones properly will give the drawing more blended, natural look.
this portrait, you'll see that almost all of the shadowed side
of the face (right side) has at least a medium tone on it. Even the
whites of the eye on the shadowed area are toned down to be a medium
tone. They may fool the eye and appear lighter, because they are surrounded
by darker tones. But if you look closely, you'll see that there is a
medium tone shadowing pretty much all of the right side of the face.
the medium tone is used to give shape and modeling to the lighter (left
side) of the face. In this portrait, the cheekbones, jawline, areas
around the nose, etc. were rendered using a medium tone.
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