Let me introduce you to D Fox from South Carolina and his nice colorful
gallery. All his drawings are made on a dark natural paper which is a
perfect background for creating a great color contrast.
I love the idea of two parrots sitting on a tree, for instance. The vivid green and bright red color of parrot’s feathers perfectly contrast with the dark background.
I really want you to look at these subtle details with colors because they are too important not to be noticed. D Fox gave us a perfect example that choosing a colored paper can sometimes be a great choice. Thank you for this cool idea!
It is OK sometimes to choose a colored paper for your drawing. Most of
us automatically draw on white paper, which is correct because the black
graphite creates absolute clarity of pencil strokes on the white paper.
This is especially important if you are beginner or just practicing
Let’s observe the bird’s white heads on another drawing which are also perfectly shining on the black background. I would say, using dark background may require a little experience in drawing and may not be perfectly suitable for a total beginner, but I encourage you to try it anyway.
On a white paper you naturally draw the dark strokes and create outlines of the image, while on black paper the dark background is set, and you draw only the brighter parts leaving the dark parts almost untouched. This may not be so easy as it sounds.
It is just a theory, so far, and we need to try everything to see how it really works. It is OK to mess it up, so go ahead and mess it up a couple of times because that’s the way you learn best. By your own experience, by your own mistakes, by your own try and error approach.
I have to say again; D Fox gave us a perfect example that drawing on dark background paper is cool idea and you can try it too.
Look at the “Owl Drawing”. It is a very good example how to gradually fill up with color the entire surface of the dark paper.
On colored paper (dark or brighter) you work mainly with color pencils, crayons or other medium, etc. You can, of course, outline the contours using graphite pencil, but if the paper is black, the graphite pencil strokes will be difficult to see and follow.
Go ahead and give it a try, get yourself a colored paper and draw something. If you feel uncertain, start to draw a snowman or a spruce covered with snow, something similar you see below. By drawing a snowman on a black paper you cannot make a lot of mistakes.
Have a fun and make as many mistakes as possible. You will get better in a very short time.
Black paper pastel artist
56 years old drawing for as long as I can remember retired now spending a lot of time drawing like pastels and nature