Thursday, May 19, 2011

How to do a Value Study


I thought you might be interested in the value study I did for the painting posted below.  Although I don't often do them on simple paintings, I find that working out a value study ahead of time will help insure a successful painting. 

For this painting I used a reference picture from a clothing catalog.  My canvas was square so I need to make the study square.


The viewer will naturally look at the eyes of a person first, hands second.  So there is no need to worry about getting the viewer to look there.


The area I wanted the viewer to focus on next was the daisies.  To insure that, I put my whitest whites against my darkest dark. Next, your eye will be drawn to smaller marks, like the stems of daisies or the petals themselves.  I think it is the goal of the artist to have the viewer look and stay a while.  So, we use these little hooks to do that.

I used whiteout for the whites,  pencil and marker for the rest.  The tracing paper is golden rod so it already has a value, too. And you see I didn't like the background I did at first so I ripped it off and taped on a new piece underneath.. 

How difficult was that! Now you try.

10 comments:

peggy aplSEEDS said...

very interesting! thanks for sharing!

Shayla said...

This was sooooo very cool and nice to see how you do a value study. I want to try it. I like how you talked about how the viewers are already drawn to a subject's eye. That is totally true.

Healing Woman said...

Your value study was very inspirational! Thanks so much for sharing. I will refer back to this post for sure.

Cindy said...

I am so glad you posted this...I seem to always learn a little something extra from you! I love Jane's work and classes too...I am going to have to do this one soon I think...and what is nice about the value study, it looks great too and could possibly be another work of art...

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Your value study is a piece of art itself! :)

Kelly Berkey said...

wow, what a cool piece of art all in itself! i would never have thought to use white out!

have a great week, i'm headed to cali tomorrow for two weeks. i don't think i will be coming your way this time though;-(
i have a graduation and engagement party in bako!

take care...i still want to come and paint with you someday:-) oh, we may go to the getty museum...i hope malcolm's painting is still there!

Nancy said...

Great information which I'm sure I can apply to many projects.

And thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog today. I truly appreciate it!

Heart n Soul said...

Thanks for sharing this ...hadn't heard of a value study before. Great artwork.

asoulsoiree said...

oh that last comment was on behalf of my art blog...forgot I was still in my other blog :}

Lisa said...

Uuuuu??? you want me to try??? I may need private lesson on the short bus.

Your work is amazing!