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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The value of a value sketch.....
I find myself using value sketches more and more when starting a landscape. I combine a small thumbnail with a bit of a more finished sketch, ending up with a "thumbnail value sketch". The size is a bit larger than a thumbnail, this one is 5" x 7". I sketched it using vine charcoal on some paper I prepared for pastel, Arches hot press watercolor paper with pumice gel applied with a foam roller. My original intent was to just do the value study as a gray scale underpainting, and then start pasteling. I kind of like this, so I think I'll just keep it as is. It will be useful in developing a larger pastel painting I think. I'm going to try to use it as my reference, and disregard my photo from this point forward. This way I won't be "married to the photo", sort of a freeing experience I think.