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Drawing a Brick Wall in Pen and Ink with Tonal Wash


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Observing Your Subject
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Before you put pen to paper, you'll want to take a good look at your subject and form a mental plan of attack. First identify your strong darks, then note areas of contrast: which will you define with hatching, and which will you wash? Notice areas of variation in your brickwork - is there a random pattern of darker bricks breaking up the surface, or is any variation more gradual, the product of changing light?

At this point you'll also want to have in mind whether you are going to use a single mid-value wash, or a light and dark wash with crisply defined separation, or looser, varied tones.

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