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02-24-2011, 01:59 PM
Hey everybody,

this thread is for everybody to join in and do some painting exercise to hone their skills and get better at what we love to do.

This week we started with breaking down images into their different values.
The idea behind it is to study the values of different colors with the goal to get better control over values. Since right values are the basis of every form there is this seems as one of the fundamentals.

02-24-2011, 04:19 PM
Ok the picture above is the one from monday.

This here is the one from thuesday:

02-24-2011, 04:24 PM
So if you want to join in here are the images for yesterday and today.

Feel free to post your own attemps as well as your comments and critics.



02-24-2011, 04:45 PM
Ok, for this image I tried to keep it rather simple. Instead of going for details I tried to hit divide the values into categries and name them before I start with the exercise. Thats what the numbers are for.

02-24-2011, 06:54 PM
Ok with this one I am up to date again.
Putting the numbers in seemd easy first but I recognized that I was wrong in a lot of places while I painted in the values.

02-24-2011, 10:53 PM
Hey great! Good that we started this! I'm sure we will get a lot out of those excersises over time.
For todays practice I used 100% opacity and a hard round brush.


02-25-2011, 11:28 AM
Ok for the last day of the week we try to use what we've learnd the 4 previous days.
The idea is to do a piece with just values. No colors.

To keep it simple you might try to use just as few values.
The topic for this friday is:

Narrow Escape

02-28-2011, 09:04 AM
wow! finally i was able to sign in too! now i have to start work, i will try to participate soon.

02-28-2011, 09:35 AM
Hey this week we're trying to do value studies from photographs.
this is the first photo for this week:

02-28-2011, 02:27 PM
here is my picture for today. I didn't went to much into the detail. But I think the main values are there.

02-28-2011, 03:48 PM
i hope it is okay that i went into colors allready, if you feel uncomfortable with that i can remove the picture: (

02-28-2011, 06:39 PM
here's mine. i need to practice more to use the lasso tool.
pretty sloppy.

03-01-2011, 09:37 AM
here is the picture for today:

03-01-2011, 01:45 PM
here is my attempt for todays photo. the values were hard to read.

03-01-2011, 03:56 PM
Nice Study mate. Good improvement. I think you can push the value in the foreground. I think the shadow of the plants closes to the viewer could be more darker. Darker then the shadows of the mountain to the right i would say.
Keep in mind the further the object the less contrast the objects have.

I tried a quick value sketch from imagination for the theme on friday.
looking forward for some critique as well.

03-01-2011, 08:14 PM

03-01-2011, 09:44 PM
Im finally able to post my they are:





And here is the one for today (tuesday):

03-02-2011, 09:23 AM
hey Ismilealot,

thank you for your feedback. You are right, the shadowparts of the elements in the fore and backgound should have a different value.

I really like your work from the last week but I think you could use some more contrast here and there. For example the image with the old guy could use some blacks in the clothing.

In your mountain image I think the foreground mountain lacks some area of higher values. Since it is in the foreground it has higher contrast and you could have used that fact to give it a better readable form.

I like your narrow escape image. Comming up with something from mind is allways more difficult. I think the expressions works and the lighting works well althought the lips seem a bit to high in value.

hey antelatis

good to see your stuff here, finaly ;-)
I think your values are to light in genereal maybe this is because you start with a white canvas. You might want to give your canvas a midgray to start from to have a neutral starting point.

I like your mouse image a lot. I think the gestik of the mouse works well. Altough I feel that you could give the image a lot more impact if you would choose a much more interessting angle to look at that scenario.

03-02-2011, 09:31 AM
Yeah, that's a good idea to start with a grey canvas, i will do that next time.

03-02-2011, 10:14 AM
Hey Guys,

Good stuff keep it rollin!
@tednindo, here's some critique for yesterdays picture
same critique as you gave me. keep the highes contrast for the foreground.
the shadow of the bushes closest to the viewer for example could be much darker.
the heaven close to the horizon could be much more brighter. as well.
same goes for my stuff to. I think it's good to try to push the contrast in those exercises.

Good to see that you're trying. But try to get the values as good as possible. Start with a middle tone
and then block in the darkest dark and work you way up to the light. Try to stay in the dark and middle tones as long as possible. and kill the white canvas at the beginning. so it's easier to judge the values right. don't focus on the details to much. just try to get the lightning right.
hope that helps.

here's my values sketch of yesterdays picture:

03-02-2011, 10:16 AM
man! The depth works really well in this one. Very good work.

03-02-2011, 10:20 AM
here's todays picture

03-02-2011, 12:41 PM
man, big time problems for me with this one:

03-02-2011, 06:07 PM
I didn't like my attempt from this noon at all so I decided to start it all over again and tried to approch it in a more structured way.

03-02-2011, 08:55 PM
Here is my crappy pic for today :D

03-03-2011, 11:25 AM
Here is the picture for today:

@antelatis: I think you should try do differntiat those values clearer.

03-03-2011, 07:48 PM
hey i think your first try worked bett from the post 23 than the one you did afterwards.
The depth works better because you have more contrast in the earlier version.
In the 2nd version you did the values are very close to each other espacially with the foreground and
the mountains in the middle. Maybe it helps if you dont try too hard to get the values right.
but get the relationship right in you painting. Maybe it's good if you start just with 4 values at the beginning. Try to keep the darkest dark for the objects that are closest to you

@same critiqe as i did for tednindo. your values a to close to each other.
when you think you're done with your study turn the photograph into grey scale and check it with you study and try to fix the problems.

I couldn't finish the one from yesterday
but here are both studies from yesterday and today.
I didn't like the picture to much from todays picture. Because everything seemed to be on one plane of the values. The Heave was to bright you would never see it so white in nature I think. I decided to make it darker and only keep the focus on the foreground. I still need to practice this a lot.
But have a look i think i did some improvement since the beginning.
Looking forward for your critique


03-04-2011, 08:40 AM

03-04-2011, 09:21 PM
hey here's todays topic. take the weekend and try to do a little nice value sketch.
The Topic is: beneath the dark forest.
Good luck!

03-06-2011, 11:23 PM
so here's my little sketch for fridays topic.
took me around 1 hour:

03-07-2011, 04:03 PM
This week we're just trying to do some sketches from imagination. To practice our values.
Todays topic is " Moon"
Take at least 30 min for you sketch.
Have fun!

03-07-2011, 10:21 PM
here's my contribution to MOON:
Had no really creative idea this is what came out.

03-07-2011, 10:30 PM
Hi folks,

I decided to join my colleagues from Bigpoint and work on my skills. I did a value study before, which I'm adding to this post, but first off, heres my "Moon" contribution.

Hope you dig - any feedback / crit is mucho appreciatio!

03-07-2011, 11:22 PM
Here is my picture for friday AND monday, both in one..."moon" and "beneath the dark forest" ;)

03-08-2011, 12:46 PM
Topic for toady (tuesday) is: "Zombie Rabbits" :D
Have fun...

03-08-2011, 09:51 PM
Here they zombie rabbits!

03-09-2011, 10:53 PM
Wonderful im laughing my ass off.

Before this day end here's todays topic:
"BACK TO CHINA!" Have fun looking forward to see you sketches

By the way here's mine for yesterdays topic:
Good night

03-09-2011, 11:13 PM
And here's a quick sketch for today:

03-10-2011, 03:58 PM
First Post! :buttrock:

03-11-2011, 10:20 AM

Nice Pic!
But i think, the man in the middle is too strong (from the values). Just a little bit lighter...

03-11-2011, 10:22 AM
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