|5/10/23 Green Lake. I think this brown is too dark to|
serve as a midtone.)
After trying light-on-dark drawings with colored paper as the darkest tone, which was especially challenging on location, I tried a different tactic. I’ve been using colored paper as the midtone with black and white for a long time, an approach I really love. I thought I’d use colored paper as the midtone, but instead of black and white, use warm and cool colors to interpret the lightest and darkest values.
On a beautifully warm and sunny day that encouraged lots of walking and sketching, I took Uglybooks in medium blue and brown out with me. Maybe I just chose the wrong colors of both papers and pencils, but my experiments were not successful. None of these “read” clearly as values. The brown, especially, is too dark for a midtone, but it’s not dark enough to be a dark, either.
Regardless, when it’s 69 degrees and sunny, it’s hard to call that a bad day!
|I kind of gave up on this one.|
|5/10/23 Maple Leaf. I worked hard on this one, but|
it still "reads" poorly.
|Another one I gave up on.|