Value Composition To Color Painting
Maintaining Value While Working With Color
Our task as artists is to create a dynamic design in our picture space – regardless of subject matter.
This is no small task because it requires us to abandon our impulses toward literalism and the notion that our painting consists of real objects.
Converting Simple Value Sketch To Full Color Painting
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The Value Sketch Is Step One
The first step in this process requires composing our picture plane into a visually pleasing design. Often, this is accomplished by creating small studies. These studies consist of no more than a handful of abstract shapes that have been created by combining objective elements together and adding a simplified value pattern to the shapes.
What You’ll Need:
- Value Sketch -use the one from the earlier video
- Value Scale – any that you have will do or make one with this lesson – Five Step Value Scale
- a small sheet of watercolor paper, approx. 5″ x 7″ – as always, Arches 140lb Cold Press is recommended (Links to Amazon, where you can purchase Arches paper. and, yes, I get a small portion if you order. Thank you.)
- Paint – Cadmium Red Light, Cerulean Blue, Quinacridone Deep Gold, Raw Sienna
- Brushes – Medium and Small Round, and Rigger