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One Method for Creating Contrasting Value Patterns within Your Paintings

Our eyes instinctively seek out areas of contrast, no matter what we’re looking at—so it makes sense to add patterns high-intensity contrast to our artwork as well.

In the video below, George James demonstrates one method for creating a pattern of light and dark in a painting. And as you’ll see in just a moment, it really doesn’t matter how the light is actually hitting the figure. . . this technique is all about creating a pattern of visual interest for the viewer. Take a look:

You can also find George James’s full watercolor tutorial at Creative Catalyst.

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There are a number of ways to create visual interest in a work of art, but today's video tutorial focuses on just one—creating visual pathways through your artwork. In the clip below, George James demonstrates how a simple teacup drawing can be changed to include a dynamic and engaging visual pathway. As you'll see, George starts by removing the lines that separate various sections of his drawing, and then re-defines those sections with dark and light values. The end result is ONE "line" that travels between both dark and light sections, creating a linked pathway that is both visually compelling and completely unique. Take a look: . . read more

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