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Drawing a Pencil Portrait - Unifying the Tone


The Final Pencil Portrait

The Final Pencil Portrait

As this drawing was built up by concentrating on each feature individually, some broad areas of tone are now added to unify all the separate elements.

At this stage, some of the detail has to be sacrificed in favour of the overall unity of the drawing.

Finally, a dark background has been introduced to create a dramatic counterchange in the tonal composition of the portrait: the right side of the image now appears light against a dark background in contrast with the left which is dark against light.

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