15 Blocking in value and shape
Here’s a quick example of how I often starts a painting
1 Work up an idea
With a prepared thumbnail or a general idea in mind, I start to block in values, placements and shapes. I use both line and areas of value at this stage.
2 Visual interest
This stage is basically a continuation of the first one, but here I’m working to refine the shapes and thinking about the placement of the values to create interest. This can go on for quite a while!
3 Introduce colour
When I feel like I’m getting somewhere with the composition I slowly begin to add colour, keeping in mind that some shapes, placements and values will need to be changed.