Friday, April 27, 2012

Reverse drawing

Here’s an interesting drawing technique I had never had the pleasure of trying! Our teacher had us doing a “reverse drawing” of a still life, today. You first cover the paper with charcoal and the you use a pliable eraser to lighten certain areas and add highlights.



  1. Had you not said how it was done, I would have assumed it was white pencil on black paper! That is very cool!

  2. Hiya,

    That is a wonderful still life. I'm not a fan of still life in general but this one is great! It doesn't appear stagnant but living if that makes any sense.

    My dad used a technique very similar to this but instead of covering the paper/canvas with charcoal he would use a special kind of board that is coated in black and he would scratch away at the black to reveal the white underneath and create the image that way. Do you remember when you came to visit my dad's place in the mountains there was a picture above the TV of a old man leaning over a desk? Well he did that using that technique. At the moment I can't remember the name of the board, I was looking into getting some around a year ago to try using it, but is is very expensive and I would have also had to buy the special tool used to create the image. I'm still keen to give it a go, Maybe I could start by doing the charcoal thing :) Thanks matey! I'm going to give it a go.

    What kind of paper did you use?

    Hope you are having a great day.



  3. Thanks B and A! **blush** :)

    B, that was REALLY fun to do! Initially, I thought it would be hard for my brain to think "backwards", from light to dark, but once I got into the swing of it, it flowed really easily. :)

    A, I think you might be referring to a "scratchboard". Those are hard to work with... Very unforgiving if you make a mistake! What you scratch out is permanent, so you have to be very sure and accurate. I'd freak out, working on one of these. With the reverse-drawing technique, you can always re-add some charcoal if you made a booboo and removed too much darkness.

    We used some plain old newsprint paper. Cheap, yes, but still archival (I guess school budget is restricted! LOL!) :)


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