1 Val­ues are key

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

Value is the foun­da­tion of com­po­si­tion. It helps de­lin­eate shapes, shows at­mo­spheric per­spec­tive, cre­ates pat­terns and rhythms for the viewer to dis­cover, as well as move their eyes around the com­po­si­tion. Not all val­ues be­tween ob­jects need to be de­lin­eated; of­ten close val­ues can lead to lost edges that help open up a sec­tion of the com­po­si­tion, as well as en­able the viewer to sub­con­sciously fill in the miss­ing in­for­ma­tion. Val­ues within each ob­ject, neg­a­tive space and back­grounds aren’t al­ways flat, but should have tran­si­tions or gra­di­ents to add in­ter­est, as well as cre­ate in­ter­est against the space next to it.

Val­ues help to move the viewer’s eyes around the com­po­si­tion

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