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.