A Bravery Test – Pencil

The late Bob Ross used the term, Bravery Test” whenever he added really strong tones to the canvas. He was insinuating that it took some courage to place “darks” on a painting/drawing which was almost complete.

This is me doing a bravery test as I continue to experiment with pencil exercises. This exercise was about adding value and form to objects by placing contrasting tones next to each other. I already had a reasonable drawing of the Robert F Kennedy Bridge (Aka the Triborough Bridge) but it needed something else. I got my darkest pencil, a 9B Graphite stick and went to town. Only you folks can judge if I was brave, or foolish, enough.