S8 L3 Using Value Gradations
In this lesson, S8L3 Using Value Gradations of our WORKING WITH VALUES series, Dianne uses the image of a single tree to guide you towards discovering and using value gradations to create form found in foliage. She uses her newly developed Notan Value Scale (included with your video download) as a guide for showing where these gradations register on the scale and how we can interpret them within their contextual relationships. .When we switch our attention from what a subject is to its various values in shadow and not-in-shadow, we find we are able to more confidently interpret our subjects. Often the only thing that causes problems in our paintings is how we’ve interpreted the degrees of our values. Many times that happens because we were more focused on the identity of the subject rather than the values that are within it. Dianne hopes that this series will help artists struggling with values to find clarity and self confidence.
Among contempary artists whose work reflects a confident use of value gradations, Qiang Huang stands out as a master. Take a look at his exquisite use of value gradations on his website Gallery. Also, you can see examples of how Dianne works with values by visiting her on-line Gallery.