I found some lessons on Conté à Paris’ website and decided to have a play.
Materials: Conté à Paris Black B crayon, Pierre Noire H and Blanc 630 on Pink Pig Sketch Book 150gsm white mixed media cartridge.
Thoughts: The “Subtractive Drawing” lesson says to use a black pastel pencil to make the paper grey, i didn’t have one so i used the Black B crayon instead. Need to try this same technique with a black or grey pastel instead and see what the difference is like.
I used the picture from the “Expressive Self Portrait” lesson, which some may think is defeating the object, but my mission wasn’t to do the self portrait lesson, it was to find a challenge that i could apply the subtractive drawing method to and i liked that picture.
Learned: That i can do a reasonable copy of something. How to use different erasers for drawing light in.
And: I definitely plan no coming back to this technique in the future and have some more playtime with it. It’s a fun way to draw.
In the meanwhile i have another picture on the go which i need to get finished.