Until recently I have not been big on backgrounds!
Also, very rarely have I used colored paper preferring to keep things simple!
That was until I was given some A4 black paper. The first sheet was used to draw a deer using just a white pencil and occasionally a black pencil to go over areas where I was perhaps a bit too enthusiastic with the white!
I enjoyed the simplicity of the process.
Then after that positive result I plucked up the courage to use some anthracite colored pastel mat for the Tawny Owl. The dark color as well as reflecting the nocturnal nature of the bird certainly creates impact that a white background fails to do.
Having been pleased with the results of using a dark color, I have now started on a Barn Owl using the same anthracite colored paper …although looking at the images below you would not think that!
The Tawny Owl is nearly finished but the Barn Owl has still got quite a bit of work to do before he is finished.
One drawing that I did finish recently was this Badger… I wonder what impact a dark color would have had on him!
Too late unless I decide to draw him again… which I probably will at some point but in the meantime he will be my next study using mainly a white pencil on black paper!