Would you like to turn your nature photos into a tonal picture? Here we have a step by step guide to transforming your favourite photo into a hand drawn picture.
Here's what you'll need:
A black and white print out of your photograph
A white sheet of paper
A bit of tape
And a window
Step 1: Tape your photo to a window (just small pieces in the corners will do)
Step 2: On the blank piece of paper cover the surface with light shading.
Step 3: Take a look at your photo coming through your shading. It will not be very sharp but you should be able to make out very light shapes and very dark shapes.
Step 4: Using your eraser, rub out the lightest parts of your picture. It doesn’t matter if the edges are unclear
Step 5: Using your pencil, build up the dark shaded areas that you can see. Again follow the shapes. Don’t worry about copying the photo exactly.
Step 6: Then with your pencil you might like to add some extra shading, or a few lines to help with definition. Don’t be tempted to do too much.
You should have a lovely tonal impression of your photo.
Next week we will be creating a tonal impression of Oxford architecture.