How do I darken the background of a drawing?

But what’s the best way to draw a dark background? There are several ways to get a dark or black background for your colored pencil drawings. Colored paper, mixed media, and using colored pencil. Colored paper—and especially dark paper—presents a set of drawing problems better left for another post.

How do you make dark shades in graphite?

When it comes to making very dark tones in graphite pencil, you need to consider the following:

  1. How dark do you need to go?
  2. Go for a softer pencil grade.
  3. Gradually build up the tonal values of the entire drawing.
  4. Apply proper pencil pressure, making sure your drawing does not go glossy from hard pencil strokes.

Should I draw the background first?

First main characters and foreground objects, then background (if there is a background) and in the end details and minor characters (if there are any), this way I feel you get the best control on how things fit. I do the characters first, to draw less background.

What are shading pencils?

While the softer B pencils are generally considered the best for shading, there’s no reason to discount the harder H pencils. The HB and H are good choices for fine, light, even shading. However, they too have drawbacks. Pencil grades from HB through H, 2H to 5H get progressively harder and are easier to keep sharp.

How do you make chromatic black with colored pencils?

Instead of using that manufactured black, mix a dark brown and a dark blue. This means layering one color over the other and burnishing them into the surface. I have found that Dark Umber (Prismacolor Premiere) and Indigo Blue (Prismacolor Premiere) produce the best “black”.

How do you make graphite black?

How do you draw a bokeh effect?

Bokeh in Portraits

  1. Fast aperture is best (at least f/2.8)
  2. Use fast prime lenses.
  3. Long focal length creates more extreme bokeh.
  4. Shoot lenses wide open.
  5. Increase distance between subject and background.
  6. Move closer to your subject.
  7. Take close-up portraits and macro images in nature.
  8. Use a backlight, side light, or hair light.