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1 Shaded Tonal Drawing (major project) Grade 10 Visual Arts


3 A tonal drawing is a gradual, soft "blending" of dark and light areas together. But your brain can recognize this as a drawing, which areas don’t look super-realistic? Why?

4 M Some drawings focus just on the dark, medium and light tones. If you look closely you can see the simplification of the basic tones.

5 Some drawings have a full range of tones and use pencil marks are visible to the eye. Some artists think the pencil mark is part of the ‘art’ of the drawing. You would have to decide if the lines enhance or detract from the drawing. But then again, are you wanting a drawing to look like a photo?

6 Some believe that the more the drawing looks like a photograph, the more impressive it is. This technique definitely takes technical skill but it does not make the drawing more of an artwork.

7 But sometimes a technically brilliant drawing can be so good that it is hard to believe it isn’t a photograph. This image has excellent lighting and a mood or attitude. These things add to the artistic quality of the drawing. Compare this to the previous slide, the difference in atmosphere is significant. Also, look at the background in each - how does that impact the finished image?

8 The drawing technique has a major impact on visual information conveyed.

9 Find the area that shows this is not a photo… Examine the difference between the eyes - one blends into the shadows. Very believable & effective.


11 This is technically skilled but does not have a lot of atmosphere. When you choose your own image, make sure it aligns with one of our themes. Also, make sure the lighting is interesting and gives a sense of atmosphere.

12 This is a good technical drawing but the white fuzzy areas can detract from the overall impact. But you can use that effect if it appeals to you.

13 No… (a s an example). Yes… full tonal range You need to start with a strong image that has an excellent range of lights, mediums and darks. The image should be interesting to look at. These are google images, you will be using YOUR OWN ORIGINAL image/photo related to a theme (see handout).

14 But before you start you have to get past step # 1 Step #1 is created to see if you can do this. Draw a nine step grey scale. Make each step a 1”x1” square.

15 Divide your photo into 1” squares. Then triple your photo size. Draw a new square on a white piece of paper and divide the it into 3” squares. Using little round shading movements, perfectly recreate each square. Show your first three to me.

16 Creative Drawing Workshop Put a piece of scrap paper on scrap paper to cover your desk Get a piece of white paper from me Get some charcoal Get some white paint stuff Get some smudgiezzz

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