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Draw on the power of contrast in art

Learning to use contrast in art will transform your projects and the way you work. My favourite aspect to work with in art is contrast. This usually occurs when working with colour through hue, saturation, and value. Since we’re working with pencils, we can’t harness contrast with hue and saturation. Instead we’re forced to work with value contrast and it’s key to creating a drawing and illustration that’s easy for the viewer to navigate.

We can work within the value limits by concentrating on the level of contrast in the drawing’s detail, focus and edge control. This can be implemented through something as simple as a dark to light gradation. The human eye tends to be attracted to high levels of contrast: bear this in mind when you add your light and dark values.

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