Value is how light or dark that color is and yes, it does trump color when creating a work of art.   Value is more important than color to the design and success of a painting.

If you take a black and white photograph of your painting, the shades of gray would be the different values within the painting.  Simply put, value is the lightness or darkness of a color or hue.  However, this also reduces the saturation and adds to the dilution of the color.

Tints, tones, and shades are variations of the hues found on the basic color wheel when white, black or both are mixed in.
Value is used to create a focal point within a painting or drawing.
The human eye is immediately drawn to a light element against a dark element.  The darkest dark next to the lightest light is used to create the focal point of interest in a painting.

Gradations of value are also used to create the illusion of depth.
Areas of light and dark give a three-dimensional illusion of form to subject matter.

image

The above value scale of Denman Ross was introduced in 1907. His value terms set the standard still used today. This scale helps artists understand and identify light, mid-tones and darks more easily.
Value is independent of its hue. This is a fundamental element in the impact of visual art whether abstract or representational.

The way to create a nine step value scale is as follows:
start with white and black at either end of your nine value scale
mix a medium grey which is visually halfway between white and black
mix a light grey halfway between the mid grey and white
mix a dark grey halfway between the mid grey and black (you now have a total of 5 value steps)
create four intermediate greys at a value midway between each of the values you have so far
The interval between each value in the scale should be equal.

You can use these values when working out a composition. Try using just three values or five values.

Value is how light or dark that color is and yes, it does trump color when creating a work of art.   Value is more important than color to the design and success of a painting.

If you take a black and white photograph of your painting, the shades of gray would be the different values within the painting.  Simply put, value is the lightness or darkness of a color or hue.  However, this also reduces the saturation and adds to the dilution of the color.

Tints, tones, and shades are variations of the hues found on the basic color wheel when white, black or both are mixed in.
Value is used to create a focal point within a painting or drawing.
The human eye is immediately drawn to a light element against a dark element.  The darkest dark next to the lightest light is used to create the focal point of interest in a painting.

Gradations of value are also used to create the illusion of depth.
Areas of light and dark give a three-dimensional illusion of form to subject matter.

image

The above value scale of Denman Ross was introduced in 1907. His value terms set the standard still used today. This scale helps artists understand and identify light, mid-tones and darks more easily.
Value is independent of its hue. This is a fundamental element in the impact of visual art whether abstract or representational.

The way to create a nine step value scale is as follows:
start with white and black at either end of your nine value scale
mix a medium grey which is visually halfway between white and black
mix a light grey halfway between the mid grey and white
mix a dark grey halfway between the mid grey and black (you now have a total of 5 value steps)
create four intermediate greys at a value midway between each of the values you have so far
The interval between each value in the scale should be equal.

You can use these values when working out a composition. Try using just three values or five values.

Comments