Human figure

How to make a human figure alive with lines only, without colour or shadows?

That's my composition homework made with a marker pen, ink and white charcoal pencil.

The biggest difficulty here was to show a figure and a background without shadows or colours - so actually I had to use only lines and combination of black and white. What to do to make the human figure unstick from the background? How to make it alive? To show feelings? To feel colours where no colours are used? Not an easy task, I can say, but I enjoyed it very much! I like to draw and paint people and try to do my best to show their character. Venetian carnival - doesn't look bad even in this technique, does it?

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