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Heightening

Heightening is a brightening technique often used in drawing which allows the artist to brighten and intensify the image to bring out important features and to give an illusion of light and depth. In chalk or pastel drawings and sketches Chinese white is often used to heighten a picture as it provides a good contrast.

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Geoffrey Palmer
by Stuart Pearson Wright
2004-2005
NPG 6755

Jeremy Irons
by Stuart Pearson Wright
2005
NPG 6752

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