Omg black pastel paper

I decided to use up some of the black paper left after I have used all of the lovely gray in my Strathmore pad… Mind bender! 

Many artists used toned paper or canvas, something in a middle tone. I prefer that myself… Lets me work in the darks and the lights, and the value of a color is more easily determined.

Some artists trained themselves to work on a white canvas, and I sometimes work on white, and easily get my darks laid in before going to mid-tones and lights

But working on a black ground, wow! My mind flipped. It was a real struggle to block out mid to light shapes first, rather than mid to dark. 

Started getting the hang of it towards the end of the session… Whew!

 
Portrait of Chris, pastel on paper 

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