Value study block-in (Part 2)

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Some would argue that beginning a painting with a linear outline is not really painting but more like filling in the spaces between the lines. It is better they believe to mass in broad value shapes, thereby allowing the placement and refinement of the shapes to gradually reveal the subject. This debate has probably been going on for a couple hundred years. Personally I don’t believe there is a wrong or right way, as both approaches have great value…and history proves that to be true. However, when dealing with complex architectural subjects, I definitely prefer the linear drawing method.

It Part 2 of this video series, paint is applied to the completed drawing using Ivory Black and Griffin Alkyd Titanium White. Using Rosemary Ivory Long and Short Flats, light and dark patterns are established, beginning at the focal point, then the background, then the road. Paint is thinly applied and will become more opaque as we proceed.

I hope you enjoy Part 2…the Value Block-in. Part 1: “Composition and drawing” may be viewed HERE. I also invite you to visit my YouTube channel for many more videos.




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