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Fairy Tonal Study
Chiaroscuro is the term used in traditional art circles to describe the interplay of light and dark. Specifically, it describes the use of tones to represent three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface.
My preliminary studies for a painting usually begin on the digital equivalent of paper.
After I’ve pinned down the outlines of the major forms, I spend time rendering those forms using multiple tones of a single color. I might use pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastel, or paint; the medium matters little. If it allows me to freely manipulate all the variations of tone from light through dark, it serves my purpose.
Such a drawing or, more accurately, tonal study, helps me understand in great depth all the intricacies of the forms. This gives me great freedom to experiment with color and mood once the painting begins.
In addition to the full drawing above, I’ve also included two closeup selections below so you can better see how I use networks of small brush strokes to build up tones and textures. Click any image to enlarge.