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Values study exercise: How to shade, render, tone, paint values drawing lesson, three cubes exercise part II

Value exercise for artists three cubes.  Values study exercise: How to shade, render, tone, paint values drawing lesson, three cubes exercise part II.

Continue from is part I: How to shade, render, tone, paint values drawing lesson

This is part one of the three cubes exercise. You have now done the one white cube. Here on this post there are one black one, and one a mid gray.

At this stage was to paint each one in isolation, now starting with the mid value, the black cube. Remember, paint the value as how you see it, not what you think you see.

This tool to find the solid value if you are not sure what you are seeing:
(Click to enlarge. Save it then print out on a thick piece of paper.
Then cut them up into 10 pieces also cut off the circle hole to see thru.
Instruction is as in the pic below it.)

But challenge yourself, after a while by just squintting without relying on tool. :)

how to render and see value from the real object and apply it into your painting, illustration and concept design.

Here is Definition of Value as Munsell's Explain it.

Value, or lightness, varies vertically along the color solid, from black (value 0) at the bottom, to white (value 10) at the top. Neutral grays lie along the vertical axis between black and white.
Here is a mid value gray cube
Here is a black cube
After you complete the isolation practice: Now lay them all out together and paint the three cubes in one scene. This should be fun and you will learn that the darker object will see to have more contrast (hint, noticeable highlight so it appear lighter than it actually is.). But the lightest light on dark object is still not as light as the mid value of the white cube. See how you eyes sometimes deceive you?

Here are all three cubes:

TOOLs You'll need: *home made edition :)
And here is a printout of "white cube"
(if you cannot find wooden cube)
Print this out on a thick piece of paper then fold them together you can create a box or cube for your exercise: (click on a bigger version, then right click to save...then print it!)
Gray Cube & Black Cube

Previous post or part I: How to shade, render, tone, paint values drawing lesson

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*You can just use pencil, paper, markers on this one...just practice rendering.

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** If you have any basic questions or specific please looked up Q/A section. Most of the time your questions has already been answered in Q/A.

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Luca said…
thanks bro... really useful- I'll try this one for sure! I really agree with you that the eyes can really decieve you! Also today you repeated one of the best things I've learned from you... "Draw what you see, not what you think you see!"

Thanks & Peace!
idrawgirls said…
Luca> You are welcome, you guys ask for it...then I will try to find it and share them to you all. :)
Yes, when in doubt during painting, SQUINT to find values!
Steffen Rye said…
Guess this comment is "one year late" on this post, but I just discovered this site and it is amazing! Already learned so much from it.
I've never actually "done the basics" I just jumped right into drawing without any goal and purpose. But thanks to this site I have a lot of basic things to start with. Like this one! =)
Thanks again!
idrawgirls said…
Steffen Rye> Thanks, it's true that the basic is very boring and everyone wants to draw cool stuff. But once in a while you have to step back and say to would I improve and take my art to the next level? Solidify your Foundation is everything. Values (lighting), if you master it, you can basically paint anything. Now you did the right thing brother! Cheers!
kagemusha said…

I recently discovered your site, and have been going through some youtube tutorials - Im having some trouble, with the basic drawing, mainly because ( I think ) i don't know how to set my brush - Could you tell me what Brush settings you recommend and is it best to use the default ( Circle) brush for beginners ?

p.s BRILLIANT videos.
idrawgirls said…
Kagemusha> I don't have anything special in setting, I just use default long as your brush pressure can change taper and opacity then it can do the job. It took me 6 month to a year to get use to it. be patient, take times and play around with it.