Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education

Portrait with Dramatic Lighting on  Black paper with White Charcoal Pencils or White Colored Pencil.

Start with a gray scale drawing to get the feel of shading on this paper.

Use as little line as possible! Rely instead on planes and softly blended zones.

The darker the setting, the easier it is to do this. Both of these have light coming from underneath.

This is an unusual approach but it makes for some interesting results and compelling images.

It can be a portrait of yourself of someone else.

Advanced option:  Do the drawing from direct observation

White Portrait

on Black Paper

Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.

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