A portrait from one of my classmates. I made a first drawing on my sketchbook, where I would have a better sense of dark and light values. I would then simplify the form so that a single shadow goes along the whole piece. The final result is a single sheet of black paper cut using an Xacto knife blade to bring out the light value. All the black is one single shape (everything is connected). The white you see is actually a sheet of bristol board beneath the actual piece for presentation purposes. The spectator is actually seeing through the piece.