Value Sketch For Aerial Perspective

Practice The Simple Value Composition That Works For Any Scene With Atmosphere

Value Composition Sketch

Value Composition Sketches are extremely valuable tools for creating solid and dynamic paintings.  It is an extremely valuable part of the painting process which is often skipped. 

If it is new to you, value composition sketching can be difficult. The main reason is that it requires changing one’s thinking from literal to abstract. Most of us are very literal, making this mental transition a tough task. 

Like anything, practice will open the door to discovery and growth. 

This tutorial is great for those just beginning to work with value composition sketches. It is a simple arrangement of three shapes that represent different planes of space and three distinct values. 

What you’ll need:

  • Pencil and paper; or watercolor paper, brush and a dark neutral color. 

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Although it’s not obvious when looking at the finished painting, the scene is painted with a limited Secondary Triad color scheme – only four colors! 

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