Saturday, December 26, 2009

Value Patterns

While I'm waiting for the temps to warm up here in Apalachicola, here's a little lesson I learned from Skip Lawrence's book. It's a variation on Ed Whitney's value patterns. Using the three values, Skip says, play 2 Against 1.

For example, a light and dark shape in the sky with a midtone in the middle and foreground will draw attention to the sky.

To highlight the middle ground, use a light and mid tone there with darks in the sky and foreground.

To emphasize the foreground beach, use two values there. The illustrations of Hendrick's Head Lighthouse are mine.

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