Low-Key Value To Color Watercolor Painting Lesson

Practice This Exercise To Help Make This Difficult Process Easier

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 Value Sketching Is Good!

If you are trying to incorporate value and thumbnail sketching into your painting process – GREAT!

But Converting The Sketch To Color Can Be Bad…

But, if this is a new endeavor, you may be finding it difficult to translate the values as designed into colors with the right value.

Indeed, going from sketch to painting and retaining the values in the right places is a difficult task, even for seasoned professionals.

In Watercolor, Light Values Are Easy, Dark Values Are Not

In watercolor, getting darks in your paintings is made even more difficult because of the nature of the medium. Water is the medium and, at it’s best, the paint is applied with a lot of water to insure fluidity and transparency.
At the same time, water is also our ‘white’, so it lightens every thing if it is being applied properly.
In addition, most of our paint is not really that dark. So, getting dark values out of, say, yellows is next to impossible and requires some savvy mixing ability and color knowledge.

In this video, we’ll convert a low-key value sketch into color using a basic yellow, red and blue.

What you’ll need:

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