Monday, March 28, 2011

Back To Basics

I want to practice value, just the basic white to black. My tool for setting values is the Gray Scale & Value Finder from The Color Wheel Company. I'm using Faber-Castells from 4H to 4B. It's so cool to be back where I started, with a pencil that is. I remember at when might have been the first botanical exhibit I ever attended, this absolutely beautiful rhododendron, 16 x 20 or so, done up so finely with graphite.  I'd never realized the possibilities of the humble pencil.


  1. A few days ago I was copying a page done in colored pencil from my sketchbook on my printer/scanner for a project and accidently hit the B&W button- it was a teeny bit shocking to see the page in tonal value only and I wound up spending a bit of extra time reworking the values across the entire drawing. One can never practice the basics too much!

  2. I like sitting back and reviewing my practice, noticing where value changes are apparent and where they are not. Good feedback for further practice. More with a different spin this evening.