Graphic art is familiar to every artist. All preliminary sketches to the paintings and quick drafts made in a minute of inspiration with the nearest tool (be it a pencil, a quill, a ballpoint pen or something else) are directly related to graphic art. This type of painting attracts attention with its play of light and shadow, a combination of dots and lines, as well as the incredible skill of the artist who is able to create a real masterpiece without resorting to colors.
Paintings in the genre of graphic art are created on smooth white paper, as well as on colored paper with a relief surface, chipboard, vinyl, etc. With the help of a pencil, pastel or ink, the artist creates a picture, putting dots, strokes and dabs on the surface of the canvas. Generally, two primary colors prevail in graphic works – black and white, however, pastel graphics allows the use of the whole palette of colors.
Rembrandt, who gave the world his incredible colors and compositions, also started his creative career with graphic art. Having moved to Amsterdam in 1631, he began working on his own style. To improve his drawing skills, the artist created sketches depicting female and male heads with various facial expressions. His training bore fruit: those were portraits that allowed Rembrandt to get high-profile clients among the Amsterdam burghers. Rembrandt's graphic heritage includes self-portraits, a portrait of his son, the pictures Allegory, Jupiter and Antiope, Faust, The Three Crosses and many others.