Monday, February 16, 2009

WBO class today

Today we continued our lesson on values, trying to concentrate on just dark and light and how it flows or connects through the painting. Mike told us to think in works like "comglomerate, bundle, huddle, mass, fracture," etc. I decided it would be worthwhile to take the paintings I have done so far and change them to grayscale in Photoshop. That helped to see the values but then I took it one step further and cranked up the contrast levels so that the darks would "read" as just dark and not varying shades of gray. I think I will print out small copies to paste into my sketchbook to help me when I'm trying to work out future paintings. Value sketches still seem difficult to me so I'm hoping this will help.

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