Thursday, June 18, 2015

To Shade or Not to Shade ...

10 X 10 Canvas...

Decided to go big, and learned a few things working on canvas.  First, it is rough, so I don't use your "best" pens.  Secondly, the larger the pattern the better - it is hard to try and do too much small detail.  You can, however, still shade and get depth on the piece.  To shade, I used a regular #2 rather than the softer graphite pencil, and an older "snubber" as the canvas sort of ate the point.  

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I carried the patterns around the edges as I was not planning to frame this.

I couldn't decide if I wanted to shade or not ... once I made the decision, there would be no turning back on canvas.  You can erase on canvas, bit not very cleanly ... I like the depth you can achieve with shading, so ...

This shows the difference shading can make on one pattern

Finished product


  1. Love your canvass. I hadn't thought of it, but it looks as though you can really get stuck into the larger tangles and see them in all their glory.

    1. Yes, it is a good place for larger patterns. Try it out ~ but don't use your "best" pens - the surface is rough on them!


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