If you are working on a completely shaded drawing, or a finished art work, you may wish to follow the the ten per cent rule, which runs as follows: Make roughly ten per cent of your shaded areas black or near-black, and roughly ten percent white or near-white, with the rest of the artwork composed of a range of middle tones. This rule follows my deeper art philosophy that "beauty is in the middle tone." All areas of tonality must also follow the rule of balanced composition. I'm just formulating this rule now, but it seems that many high quality masterpieces, such as finished oil paintings and the best drawings, follow it to some extent. (not always, but many, I think.) For example, here's a typical masterpiece, a piece of art by Degas: [link]
I think you can very clearly see the ten per cent rule in effect here.
The challenge is to my self (isn't it always?) to follow the rule and apply it to my best fully shaded art works. Since I rarely do anything that's fully shaded, let alone fully colored, this rule won't apply to most of the artworks I submit here, which are usually partially shaded sketches.
Additional news: I finished one of my bigger construction projects last week (see latest submission,) and another one is nearing the end and hopefully complete next week. I'll be working on the ground plan for "The Clove" town design next week over Christmas holiday as well, which should be very interesting, because I have to make all those cute little storefronts work together somehow, which will mean inevitable modifications and re-arrangements, but they final plan will be rewarding, I'm sure! Watch for that late next week, maybe a bit sooner.
Hope you all have a nice holiday season, wherever you are in the world. Thanks to all the new watchers this year, and, as always, I'm always happy to hear from everybody, respond to comments, and engage in verbal duels with whoever is up for the challenge! Don't be afraid to ask my advice, or even to give me a gentle critique (don't be to hard on me!) Yes, I do listen, I guarantee it.