Experimentation with different drawing tools to create different grades of tone using different marks.
Some drawing tool/mark combinations are more successful than others at creating tone although I hesitate to say which ones work and which don’t as I suspect that this would be determined by the style of a drawing- some would be more appropriate than others in different contexts.
I also experimented using various methods to create shadow in a simple drawing of a paracetamol box:
I felt some methods of hatching had to be used carefully to avoid the drawing becoming flat and lifeless- hatching/ cross-hatching could easily become either too perfect and contrived or messy.
I also used a few different mark styles to experiment drawing a spherical object:
Black artist pen on A2 mixed media 250gsm paper. I was interested to see if I could draw a more challenging subject using just hatching/ cross-hatching to create shadow/tone whilst trying not to draw outlines. The form is suggested only by levels of tone and shadow. The boxes with the ribbon were a combination of items I found discarded in this arrangement in the bathroom- they looked very natural together and I liked the fact they are predominantly white with just the stripes on the box to give interest . I drew them in natural light (from top right) so the shadows are subtle and not strongly defined.
Black artist pen on A3 cartridge paper. Similarly, this is a drawing of two clear plastic disposable cups I had recently washed (they still have a few droplets of water on them). I started by outlining using mainly intermittently spaced dots, then added the most obvious shading (cross-hatching) and finally adding finer details. Again, I tried not to use lines to outline the objects- rather to suggest their form by concentrating on representing the light, shade and reflections on and around them. I like the resulting effect.