Add Black Again
Step 8: Re-hatch
the blacks, with the aim to close in on a "final" look.
As with all stages, this one is done in row hatches. Blacks mark the forms
in shade. In low light and halftone, both black and white can mingle (see
ribs at flank). Alternately, the paper can be left "untouched"
in these areas.
This hatching stage is different than the first two, because tones beneath
are now closer to the final effect. The gap between hatches should be open
enough to let the haze of color below play a role in the modeling. For additional
darkening, you can repeatedly stump black hatches into the paper and reapply
new hatches. Also, these hatches may be either oblique,
if you think that will be right, or they may be parallel
to the edge or length which might possibly
finish an area off. Finishing is theoretically possible if you did everything
perfectly in preparation. Fortunately, erasable chalks and stumping permit
endless layers and corrections, while never losing that fresh, not overworked,
The drape is darkened
with diagonal black hatches. In the few examples that I have seen from Prud'hon,
this was his choice for black hatch direction in drape.
chalks that freely release the colors, so you don't have to bear down. Your
chalks should erase and smear, but leave a ghost with light stumping. In
the handmade chalks, do not use the softest stick for this stage. Either
the "medium" or "hard" will work, depending on your
specific need. The hard will hold a point best. Use the harder black Conte.
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