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VIDEO: The “Value” of Using Small Value Sketches before Painting

In today’s video clip, Polly Hammett explains how she makes use of several small value sketches prior to starting on a large painting.

As you’ll see, the question is not WHAT to paint, but HOW to paint it. Polly has already decided on her subject (a woman) and has even drawn the shape of the woman’s outline and many other details.

Before starting with any color, however, she wanted to visualize how her painting would look with different areas emphasized. To that end she created several small value studies in black and white, then compared them to see which one she preferred most. Take a look:

NOTE: You can get Polly’s full mixed-media tutorial at Creative Catalyst.

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