|'The Music of the Marsh' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I never really liked doing thumbnails. I felt like they slowed me down and killed the spontaneity. But that is because I wasn't doing them in the most effective way. I was doing small detailed sketches. They were nice in their own way but they were just nice sketches. The may have helped me somewhat with composition but ultimately they were set aside and quickly forgotten once the painting began.
|Using a value thumbnail to start my painting|
- They are not small sketches rather they are value MAPS. I simplify my subject into a few big shapes and assigned each shape a value.
- I use a limited value range of 2 to 4 values. (2 values is know as a Notan)
- I use value markers or any tool that allows me to get solid coverage.
- I use these maps to help me block in the painting.
- This is my foundation. I can now let go and play and build my painting on this strong foundation.
|My favorite tools for thumbnails|
What's happening on Patreon?
We are spending the month exploring VALUE over on my patreon page. If you would like detailed instructions for doing these value thumbnails you can check out the page for $4. It is a monthly subscription but you can cancel at any time. www.patreon.com/karenmargulis