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Monday, January 31, 2011

Values and Tone - Value of Values

Values are the variations in tone that help to create the illusion of form and space. Many times, while working especially in color it is difficult to see the value relation ships.

Among our elective selection of Botanical Illustration courses Denver Botanic Garden regularly offers a drawing technique course: The Value of Value (already in session) which is working in graphite. The students are learning the difference between the visible body value and atmospheric value which need to be invented for the effect. We also offering now a sister course for the color media: The Value of Values in Color Painting (sold out for this season) applying the value/tone information for the color media. 
In the January issue of Artists & Illustrators Sian Dudley also offers some great ways to understand tone in her article Tone – and how to see it.  
(Image by Marjorie Leggitt)

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