Making A Chiaroscuro Self Portrait Part 1
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Chiaro-Light Scuro-Dark
Optional: A Toothy Or Textured Paper, Charcoal/Pastel Is Best
Optional Tools: Vine Charcoal, Charcoal Pencils, Black And White, Blending Stump, Kneaded Eraser, Compressed Charcoal Block (not Pictured)
Desk, Clamp, Or Flashlight
Ruler
In the dark, shine a small light on your face (variety of ways) to cast shadows, and snap pictures
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On your phone or in Photoshop, make images black and white and enhance the contrast to make choice
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Choose your final reference, one that has great and unique shadows cast, then print if possible!
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If you choose a white, gray, or black paper, each option lays down a layer of value for you already!
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If your paper is larger than your photo, trace the size of your photo onto the final paper
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Scaling your sketch
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Placing your features
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Throw in your contour line drawing (recognize actual and implied lines)
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It is really tempting to erase and correct here, but get the whole thing sketched in before tweaking
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With a lot of info, it makes more sense to compare parts at this stage, THEN erase and tweak
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Begin throwing in your hard and soft edged values, dance your materials back and forth to fine tune
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The more layers you add, the easier to blend but also the more permanent the placement, so be sure!
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Adjusting should not be a point of frustration, it is a part of the process!
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End of part 1 demo: Broad values. Coming soon: specific values to the fine details
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P.S. It doesn't look like me yet...but it will! Part two coming soon! (older self portait shown)
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