Two-Value Composition Thumbnail Sketch For A Winter Scene

How To Create A Dynamic Composition In Two Values

You may already be familiar with Value and Value Composition already. If so, then you already know that most Value Composition Thumbnail Sketches include three values – light, mid-value, and dark.  It is possible to create effective and dynamic compositions with only two-values. Two-value composition sketches make it easy to bring focus to the main subject.

This short tutorial steps through the process of creating a two-value composition thumbnail and compares it to a couple typical three value compositions.

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