Value Drawing Practice
Day 5 – Value Drawing of a Girl.
Instead of drawing shapes, I worked on making a drawing using a range of values. Values are the degrees of how light or dark a shape is in a picture.
I picked this photo because I liked the highlights on the nose, eyebrow and the top of the lips and the darker shadows on the side of her face. After making a 9-step value scale, I learned to use a variety of pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B) to build increasingly darker layers on top of each other. I also realized that the amount of pressure you apply also makes a difference.
Detail of the Drawing
What I Learned
White highlights are actually really rare in this photo. I used the 2H pencil to show even the faintest shading in the lighter areas.
I need to use shorter marks and more deliberate strokes when I make my layers. I tend to be very hesitant and cover more than I need to cover.
Focusing on the values really helped me study the mouth and the nose.
What I’ll Try Tomorrow
Work on 3 more drawings using just values.