Thursday, February 22, 2018

1479 - Mona Sylvia - Lit Background

This is the first in my series of experiments with light and shadow in composition.  The model is la Giaconda of our modern day, Sylvia.  

In this version, Sylvia and her table are thrown into deep shadow, while the background is fully lit.  This is supposed to call the viewer's attention to something essential in the illuminated area, only I didn't draw anything of importance there.  I guess I should have.  Well, you could use the light to find your way out of the room. 

Since the subject and her props are all in deep shadow, I had to use some fine white lines to make that part of the image readable.  The effect is brooding.