I’ve been scouring my photo archives for interesting black and whites with interesting geometric composition and a full range of tonal values.
For today’s experiment I found a street photo of a dumpster and a staircase that fit the bill. Here is my pen and ink rendition of the scene:
I drew in pencil before inking, as I don’t yet trust myself with the permanence of ink without the scaffolding of an underlying sketch.
After finishing the inking (and erasing of the pencil), I used Derwent wash pencils to enhance the tonal values from darkest dark, to lightest light.
I did not photoshop either of these images, so I attribute the tonal variation between the two, to the reflectance of the untoned paper of the pen and ink version versus that of the gray-toned paper of the washed version.