13 fewer Val­ues, more con­trol

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Early on in my learn­ing process I pro­duced lots of paint­ing stud­ies. Each day I’d find an in­ter­est­ing ref­er­ence im­age that was full of shapes and con­trast, and then try to re­pro­duce it us­ing my art tools. I learned how to cre­ate vol­ume with val­ues, but also how easy it is to drift away from the orig­i­nal sketch. If you don’t con­trol your val­ues then you can dis­tort your char­ac­ter’s anatomy.

The face in par­tic­u­lar is very del­i­cate. One sim­ple line can change the ex­pres­sion com­pletely, let alone sev­eral brushstrokes. So keep it sim­ple and work with just three val­ues. If you feel com­fort­able you can al­ways add more.

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