This was my Portrait Drawing Demonstration for the class "Drawing on Toned Paper" held at OA Gallery. I was using black charcoal for the darker values and white charcoal for the highlights .
Learning to draw on toned paper using black and white charcoal, helps greatly in understanding value tones.
Here are some of the steps in drawing a portrait on toned paper. The drawing is started lightly in the beginning. When the likeness of the eyes are getting closer then I'll start to establish more of the darks. Until then I keep the pencil marks light in case I need to erase.
Using toned paper instead of white paper helps you to obtain your darkest darks and lightest lights while letting the paper be your midtone value.
The portrait is complete! It can be viewed at OA Gallery in Kirkwood, MO.