Drawing on Black Paper

Drawing on Black Paper

I work from dark to light


I recently tried something new: “negative portraits”
I used black paper – which means that instead of going from light to dark, I worked from dark to light this time.

It was totally exciting, because I was almost only drawing the light, since the shadow was already there.

Here are my results: I’m particularly happy with Ian 🙂
Feel free to write me your thoughts and opinions in the comments!



Ian McKellen
Photo: Andy Gotts

Nikola Selezinko
Photo: Agata Serge


  • Black paper
  • Daler Rowney white soft pastel crayon
  • Conté a Paris pastel pencils
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Graphite Pure 9B
  • Faber-Castell artist pastel white
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos white
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