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Helen Capewell
OCA Learning Log
Student Number: 522802
Degree: Illustration
Current Level: 2

Using Black & White

Updated: Nov 3, 2019

To begin with, I did a simple black line drawing with a white background on Illustrator. This much was fairly easy and so far I came across no issues. Only later when switching to reverse did I start seeing a few hick-ups as I was trying to achieve the opposite; I wanted white lines where there was black lines on top of black backgrounds, and black lines where it was white lines on top of white background. Having made all the lines in this drawing one solid shape (without layers), separating the two in the end became a little complicated! Above is the stages where I was learning the complications. It is mostly visible with the metal fence at the bottom.

Above I managed to achieve the white line above black and black above white with the rail (Black image on the left). But then, if it's in shadow, you wouldn't see white lines, would you? It would just be solid black, which I think I had managed to achieve this at the beginning.

I'm not sure I was 100% successful in this exercise. It was a lot harder to work out than expected, but an interesting challenge. I think I lost some detail with my choice in shadows though I was able to keep the form of the building visible.


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