Tonal values :: Niveaux de gris

You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.
— John Singer Sargent

As you will witness, I have difficulty drawing in graphite or with a lead pencil…. I do not know why, but what I do know is that I need practice. On Will Kemp’s website, he explains quite thoroughly what it takes to make a good drawing. If you do not know his website, it is well worth going to see as he has various exercises  (the tonal values at the bottom of this post).

Comme vous pouvez constater, je ne suis pas à l’aise avec le crayon à la mine ou le graphite… je ne sais pas pourquoi et ce que je sais, est le fait que j’ai besoin de pratique. Il y a un site que j’aime bien, celui de Will Kemp où il explique le dessin, les ombres, la lumière, etc. Il a aussi des exercices donc un que j’ai fait plus bas (niveaux de gris).

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Sketchbook
Graphite & Lead Pencils: Staedtler HB, 4B, Graphite 2B, Cretacolor 9B




About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at and a main blog at She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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2 Responses to Tonal values :: Niveaux de gris

  1. Thanks for the reminder about Will’s site and your lovely tonal drawing and charts!
    Xo Tracey


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