Learn to how to divide a drawing into easy sections - and then divide it again into separate Line and Tone layers. By breaking everything down into manageable parts you greatly increase your involvement and understanding of each area. Mike explains how to analyse each section, before you commence drawing, so you draw what know rather than just what you can see. It promotes a natural and realistic result.

This in-depth video, containing two demonstrations, explains how separating Line from Tone benefits both. Line describes edges and detail; Tone describes three-dimensional form; separate them to greatly increase your understanding of each. As a bonus, the Tone layer can be adjusted without affecting the Line layer beneath, which offers great flexibility. Mike offers a lot of practical drawing advice too.


An introduction to dividing line drawing from tonal drawing


A quick recap of the divisions discussed in "Divide and Conquer". Then any of those divisions can be broken down again by dividing Line work from Tonal Shading.
Dividing line drawing from shading in pencil drawing?

The concept explained

Having broken a drawing down into its individual elements, it can further simplified by dividing Line from Tone. Dividing them aids ease and understanding.
Differences in Line and Tone explained

Line and Tone explained

Line describes edges and boundaries; Tone describes three-dimensional shaping. Mike explains why concentrating on them individually both simplifies and improves the overall combined result.
Dividing Line and Tone in Layers in a pencil drawing

Line and Tone in Layers

Mike takes a small drawing of a Grizzly Bear and shows how it was constructed. Line first, to create the texture and layering of the hair. And then tone to add the three-dimensional shaping.
A demonstration of Line and Tone in Layers.

Demonstration #1

Mike demonstrates how dividing the line and tone layers allows concentration on each without the distraction of the other, which greatly simplifies the process.
Dividing the work into sections and then layers within those further simplifies drawing.

Division by Section and Layer

How dividing the work into sections, and then dividing those sections into line and tone layers further simplifies drawing.
Dividing the work into sections and then layers within those further simplifies drawing.

Division by Section

Using a dog's nose, Mike explains how to separate the area into suitable sections. The base can be broken down into at least seven sections, and the top into at least eight. Then each of those will divide by line and tone.
Understanding the section before drawing commences

Understanding is vital...

Know what you are about to draw. Understanding the section before drawing commences is essential. Mike walks you through the process, so you can build up a three-dimensional mental picture.
A demonstration of interpreting a section, rather tha coyping a reference.

Demonstration #2

Mike begins work on the nose, basing it on his mental image rather than a reference. First the detail is created with line. Normally, Mike would fully complete this section but, for this video, he applies line to whole nose.
Mike offers advice on the drawing process.

Advice and assistance...

While drawing, Mike offers advice on the drawing process. Problems to avoid; things you needn't worry about; injecting life into the texture and form; and general drawing advice too.
Adding the Tone layer on top of the Line layer in a pencil drawing

Adding the tone layer

Mike begins to add the Tone layer, which describes the lighting and three-dimensional form, on top of the Line layer. He recommends using the flat face of a chisel point and explains why.
How adjust the tone layer without affecting the line layer

Adjusting the tone layer

Mike demonstrates how to adjust the Tone layer without disturbing the Line layer beneath it. This offers unparalleled opportunities to fine-tune values, and create very subtle detail.
Conclusion to the dividing of drawing into Line and Tone for simplification

And finally...

Mike explains why working on an entire area at one time might work in some situations, but it's not ideal if you want to create a true sense of reality. Instead, break it down and immerse yourself in each section.

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Divide Line and Tone
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14½ mins
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Bill H
You do an excellent job of explaining things without over extending it to make it moron proof.

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