Drawing a Squirrel: Step 5
The Final Image
A SIMPLIFIED BACKGROUND: Finally, a simplified background of three bold areas of tone was applied to highlight the visual elements in our drawing.
TECHNIQUE: The black area at the top, which was painted with ink, illuminates the shape of the squirrel's head and tail creating a light image against a dark background. The central white area, which is untouched paper, emphasises the texture of the squirrel's fur and creates a counterchange with the top of the drawing: a dark image against a light background. The lower grey rectangle that supports the squirrel forms a geometric counterbalance to the serpentine curves of the animal, while its flat cross-hatched tone is a welcome contrast to the stippled texture of the squirrel’s fur.
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