In my April 13 POST, I touched on the subject of Value and promised I'd spend more time on the concept in a future post, so here we are.
Mixing the Right Values
Value refers to how dark or light a pigment is. You use value to accomplish contrast.
High key: When a painting is mostly done with pastel colors like this one.
Low key: When mostly dark colors are used.
Some artists rely on as many as 10 values in their paintings. I suggest you not worry too much about keeping up with that. I do, however, think that you need at least 3 values. You need lights, mediums and darks. So let me show you how to quickly create each.
I like to tell my students that a "dark value" has the consistency of cream when you create your puddle. The "middle value" has the consistency of 1% milk and the "light value" has the consistency of tea (very see-through). Easy, right? If I know I need all 3 values, I mix my dark first. Then I pull part of it over to the right and I add a touch of water (with my brush) to slightly thin it out. Then I pull some of that second mixture on over to the right again, and add more water. That's it!
|Creating 3 values of French Ultramarine Blue|
Below, I'm showing you how my 3 French Ultramarine Blue values look when painted first into clear water (wet into wet) in the top row, and painted on to dry paper (wet into dry) in the bottom row.
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