Quick question on graphite portrait's background?

Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2011 11:13 pm
I am doing a portrait of this woman, but I need some opinions on the background. Should I shade lighter where her hair is, or where her face is? I need to make her features pop out, but since her hair is blonde, and her face is light, where should I shade the darkest? http://www.laraparker.com/graphics/Dark_Shadows-Angelique.jpg
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2011 11:15 am
If her face and hair are going to be light I would shade the area behind her darker. That should make her pop out from the background.
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2011 11:17 am
Agree with Aldistar. From a figure-drawing chiaroscuro point of view, anywhere that's light should be contrasted with dark. In the case of the image provided, I would make the areas around her hair, face, and shoulders extremely dark. This will draw the viewer's eye where it is supposed to go.
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