Back Drawing 1990 Juan Muñoz (1953-2001) White chalk on a black background. Presented by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York 2008 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T12550
I found this drawing, by Juan Munoz, as a great example of the use of tone to create shadow and ambience. The subject is a back, sharply highlighted to create contour, shadow and texture. The deep shading creates a sense of three dimensionality. Although only the top of the back and hand are in detail, your minds eye fills in the gaps and ‘sees’ a complete figure. The use of white on black creates a monochromatic, almost photographic affect, with a suggestion of “harsh” lighting to create starkly contrasting highlights and shadow. The densely dark background creates a mood of pain/sadness(?); the stance of the figure is slightly awkward as if bending forwards; the texture is smooth, suggesting young unblemished skin.