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 for the Virtual Art Academy.

If you…

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 for the Virtual Art Academy.

If you want to learn more about creating notans or VAA then you should definitely check out the Virtual Art Academy. In fact this post has been strongly inspired by just one of the hundreds of lessons that the course covers, all aimed at teaching you to be a professional artist.

Of course, the more notan sketches you do, the better you get at recognising pleasing and interesting arrangements, and the compositions that just won’t work.

With a some slight modifications, I think this this is a great notan: I would reduce one of the light values so that there are three different sized areas.

Practice Notan Sketch
Practice Notan Sketch

I can’t even remember what this was a notan of, but I think the two uneven sized dark values and their abstract shapes make a nice notan:

I think this is an exacmple of a notan that doesn’t really work:

This is an example of a notan that I think would work quite well; the placement of dark values really frame the painting, without hopefully being too distracting.

Practice Notan Sketch
Practice Notan Sketch

Here are some of the other notan sketches that I made for this exercise:

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