Friday, May 27, 2011

Pencil Sketch Vignette

Ernest Watson shows a nice trick for vignetting a pencil sketch.

He allows the outer edges of the drawing to gradually dissolve into simple construction lines. The windows are nicely varied, too. No two are alike.

This 1916 drawing is from Arthur Guptill’s book “Sketching and Rendering in Pencil" (republished as "Drawing and Sketching in Pencil,” available here in book form and here for free download.

Christopher Thornock said...

Great find! Thanks for the link.

Tony W. said...

This is a good principle as well: http://www.archive.org/stream/sketchingrenderi00guptuoft#page/64/mode/2up

James Gurney said...

Tony, yes, thanks. Guptill illustrates this idea in one of his other books, too (Color in Sketching and Rendering)--the idea that you can control the eye by adding or reducing contrast.