5 Group­ing the val­ues

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Artist Insight Underpainting Techniques -

The func­tion of this stage is to bring the paint­ing to­gether, link­ing the darks to­gether into a larger mass. This is called group­ing of val­ues, and will sup­port the move­ment of the viewer’s eyes through the var­i­ous com­po­si­tional el­e­ments while still adding a sense of sta­bil­ity to it, thereby giv­ing it con­trast. Fur­ther­more, the lost edges within the darks means the viewer can fill the gaps in their mind’s eye.

This is my fo­cal point. The hands act in dif­fus­ing the ten­sion and the darks in turn anchor the im­age.

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