Happy Friday. Today
we are exploring drawing – contour and gesture. The contour drawing can be
blind contour (no looking at the drawing) or a contour drawing where you do
look at the paper. These drawings are not great and could be and probably will
be ugly! The purpose of these exercises is to improve eye/hand coordination.
Value in art refers to the darks
and lights in paintings. The value of colours used in a painting affects the
emotions of the viewers. It can direct your attention to the focal point.
Colour and value are powerful. The greater the
range in value the more realistic things will appear. The contrast of value
helps separate the objects in your painting.
In watercolour painting the paper is the lightest light/white.
Today we will be creating a colour value scale. This is more of a
modified value scale as it doesn’t go the full range to the blacks.
I have created a template of a value scale to make it easier to work though this exercise. I have
also created a template
of the painting I used in this exercise. You can find the value scale
template and the tree stump template here. These are free downloads. After
printing them, transfer them to your paper using graphite paper. When learning
to paint with watercolour use proper watercolour paper. I suggest using 140lb
cold press to start out with.
This is the finished exercise. I have done it in watercolour using Burnt
Sienna. The darkest value is the pure colour right out of the tube. The lighter
values are created by adding water. If you wish to do this exercise in acrylic
or oils then create the lighter values by adding white. Try this exercise with
a variety of colours.