Monday, January 25, 2010

Short Video on How to Use a Value Finder/Value Scale

Today there's short video explaining how to use a value finder/scale to train your eye to recognize a color's value without your eye being fooled by chroma (intensity) or hue. Also how to evaluate the value structure in your paintings.

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AutumnLeaves said...

Helpful indeed, Jan. I immediately had to look at a small exercise I just completed to see if I had done as you stated...and I think I did! Yay me!

Sophie Golden said...

Your pictures are so inspiring. I'm glad to find your blog.

K. Henderson Art said...

I also like to photograph my paintings, put them in photoshop grayscale mode. Wow! It can be an eyeopener. Also I hold a piece of red acetate infront of the painting and it also blocks out the color.

Jan Blencowe said...

AutumnLeaves Yay for you indeed! That's great that you were able to check your values and know that you've got a good value range going.

Jan Blencowe said...

Hello Sophie,

Welcome to The Poetic Landscape! Hope you find helpful info here and come back and visit regularly.

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi K,

Years ago a teacher gave me a piece of red acetate taped into a small mat. I used that for years as I learned to master values. Like so many artists I struggled with painting in the middle range of values and ended up with blah paintings.

Grayscale in photoshop is a godsend for artists a great way to analyze reference photos as well as our own work. Thanks for reminding us!

Monica J Olsen said...

Thanks so much Sophie for sharing you idea for using the red acetate - that really works. I could never work with those gizmo value scale cards.