Drawings made on neutral tinted paper using white and black materials are totally different from those drawn on white paper. Working on white paper, you might wait a lot of time creating darker and dense tones, which is easier to do on a tinted background. A dark instrument, is used to illustrate the image, using tones that become darker and darker once you develop the drawing. Tinted paper also has the advantage of being able to bear white tints, a material that is almost useless on a white background. This means the tones can be pushed to both directions: darker by adding more black and lighter by adding white. This technique can balance the tones for a beginner.
If you don’t have a tinted paper, it is easy to create one. Use a cloth, and practically rub charcoal or graffiti dust on the surface of a white paper to obtain the desired tone then add spray to fix it. Use a textured paper to retain the tint.
When you draw with soft tinted materials such as charcoal or chalk, you will generate a lot of tinted dust while the tools touch the surface of the drawing, so you will need to use spray regularly. If you don’t fix it, there will be so much dust that the paper will not be able to retain it. It will remain unattached and it will move on the drawing and can be lost if you blow over it. By fixing it you can have many layers of chalk or charcoal. This is a relatively fast technique which allow big drawings to be finished easily, an important factor if you work outside. The technique is appropriate for the theme of the project, and although there are many white areas there are areas for darker tones where you see the rocky landscape. This is represented in the texture of the tinted paper where you can see the white chalk underneath.
The powerful rays of light that reflect off the snow covered fields turn the line of bushes and trees into dark shapes, creating a piece by piece design. The landscape can be drawn using a limited pallet of colours, but pay attention that these fields are not flat, or a white flat. Also, notice that the ski has a darker tone than the clouds and the fields.
paper for grey pastel 380 x 545 Mm
hard charcoal crayon
thick bar of soft charcoal
white chalk bar
white pastel crayon
1. Using the hard charcoal crayon, carefully sketch the place of the bushes, fences, buildings and trees. Observe that only one central piece of the image wasn’t drawn. Use a bit of artistic freedom to visually alter the scene, by adding or erasing elements if you consider it is necessary for your composition.
2. After all the elements are in place, continue with the hard charcoal to create the bushes and trees. Through one direction touches you can suggest the linear model of the branches; pressing harder and harder to create darker tones where the leaves are thicker.
3. Using the thick bar of soft charcoal give the tone to the background line of the hill. Use the side of the charcoal to create the field lines, placing the charcoal lateral to the paper and dragging its whole width on the surface that needs to be covered.
4. Use the sharp edge of an eraser for both areas. The vertical touches suggest that the bushes and dry weeds come out of the snow. Spray the drawing in this stage to prevent the spreading of materials.
5. Using the white chalk bar, draw the clouds. Use the edge of the chalk, rotating it as you work to create white wave shapes. Use a finger to push the tint in the paper but don’t overdo it. Keep the touches fresh and direct. Draw a few clouds by pulling the chalk over the paper.
When you use charcoal bars you can keep your fingers clean by covering it in a piece of paper.
6. Use the white pastel crayon to create touches on the field. Work around the bushes and trees, avoiding sharp edges and drawing the linear shape of the branches and sticks. As before, keep on rotating the crayon in your hand ad you use it.
7. Fill the big white portions with white chalk. Try not to apply too much pressure to avoid density. The grey. paper has to be seen in certain places to represent the waves of the ground, and the vegetation that comes out of the snow. After you finish apply spray.
8. Use the hard charcoal to create the longer grass in the foreground and to darken the trees. Use touches to suggest the shape of the trees even if a part of these details won’t be seen in darker areas.