Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Grayscale, Value, Color Temperature: Drawing Resources Online, Part 2

More conflicting advice. Read something on Cheap Joe’s art site championing mid-range values for watercolorists. Well, it’s a transparent medium, higher keyed. But for the rest of us, let’s stay out of the muddy waters of the middle range of values!

My teacher, Ron Lemen, has some instruction floating around online about sticking to a limited number of values toward each end of the grayscale. At his Studio2ndStreet site, materials on using a limited palette stress the importance of picking up colors of the same value on your paintbrush.

Alexander Schaefer has posted a useful graphic lining up some sample colors against a grayscale. The same graphic shows how color temperature affects those samples: cool light, warm shadow, and vice versa.

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