15 Block­ing in value and shape

Here’s a quick ex­am­ple of how I of­ten starts a paint­ing

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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.

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