Monday, January 19, 2015

:: January ::

January is more than half over and although I've been working pretty hard on a large project I'm not quiet ready to share it with you. So instead I'll share a few value studies I've been working on. I guess I'll never become an expert at getting my values correct unless I do more studies like these.

The top photo was done in oil and I got out my value scale and really looked at a photo, numbering them as I saw them. The second photo, the pencil sketch, I was feeling pretty good about until I compared it to the more accurate oil study. I think it might be hard to tell these are from the same reference source.

All in all, I'm hoping to do more of these studies and see if I can't improve my value handling better.

What about you, do you ever do value studies?

4 Value Oil Sketch - Nancy Van Blaricom
4" x 6"  value oil sketch on gessoed paper

Pencil value sketch - Nancy Van Blaricom
2" x 2.5" pencil value sketch


  1. Thank you Donna ... I love the simplicity of black and white. I always find it amazing that with just a few values you can paint something that looks like 'something', lol. Its the simple things .... :-)