|'The Maine Event' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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Doing black and white thumbnails or value sketches help us avoid this problem....if we get the thumbnails correct! I am going to share a 5 step plan for good thumbnails in my next post but first some thoughts on massing values.
|My reference with the Black and White Thumbnail|
Try to SQUINT at the tree line....notice the spots of light and dark merge together. Now this shape is close to being one big dark shape. I have to ask myself if the shape is MOSTLY dark, middle or light and assign it just ONE value. Notice how I assigned each shape in my thumbnail a value and I ignored all the little spots of light and dark.
|The block in using 4 values|
Look at the block in above. I used one dark value for the whole tree line. Now look below and see how I add some warm and cool greens to suggest the detail in the mass. The initial big dark shape holds it all together.
|Close up of the tree line with details added|
I decided that I would rather suggest most of the flowers with big patches of warm and cool purples and only put a few in with more detail.
|close up of lupines|
Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how I do the black and white thumbnails!