Originally Posted by Xillion
Interesting approach erilaz, it gives good readability to the scene. What kind of reasons led (if there are) you to the choice of that values ?
I started using the silhouette method during Rebecca's first course workshop, as it really helps me to get a sense of the form first, similar to Anthony Ryder's method, but with a whole shape instead of just a line.
The values were based on some of the darkest portions of each individual subject. I like to start dark and work in the values from dark to light, so I keep my shadows from the start.
As to the gradient background, it helps to bring out the forms solidly while you work, plus if you look at the image, you can see a soft gradient of dark to light from the top to the bottom.
I'm going to be painting this all black and white, at least for starters. I need to work on my values.