Practicing 2-Value Notans

Taking a couple of hours out of my day, I sourced some inspiration to make a variety of very quick notan sketches. Since it is still summer here, and absolutely dreadfully hot outside, I stayed indoors and referenced many of the photos I used for an earlier assessment.

Of course, the more notan sketches you…

2 Value Notans Practice From The Old Masters

I am up to (week) 6 in the Virtual Art Academy and we have just begun to learn about notans. Notans can really use as many values as you want, although most artists will limit their sketches down to just two to four values. Of course it makes sense to start as simple as possible… with…

Evaluating Tonal Values In Artworks

I am again exploring how values have been used in various artworks. Unlike the posts Comparing Values In Artworks – The Classics or Comparing Values in Artworks – The Contemporary, I am looking how effectively they have used the values. A strong sense of tonal values is important in an artwork to help convey a…

Simplifying Photos for Notans and Value Studies

I’m currently learning about values in art. Part of this process is to learn how to see in values and how to place these values in paintings. If you are struggling to see the values in photos, it really helps to simplify your photos. This post will take you through a few steps on how to…