I took my drawing class from Professor Carera at Reedley College, and guess what she made us do? A gradient scale.
According to artist and teacher Dorian Iten, "
A Value Gradient is about controlling your medium. Therefore it makes sense to do a gradient scale first. The specific skills you will improve are edge control, value control, and creating smooth tones. This is extremely valuable in representational drawing and will allow you to avoid or resolve many drawing problems.
I recommend doing at least one Value Gradient for each medium you work in. It’s ideal to do it when you first “meet” a new medium, but it’s helpful at any skill level. Many experienced artists still use Value Gradients to maintain their craftsmanship. If it’s good enough for them, it’s surely good enough for us, right?
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Special Thanks to Dorian Iten for letting us use his How to make a Value Gradient in Charcoal
He is an artist and teacher from Barcelona in Spain
Use light lines to indicate the shape of your gradient.
Place your “darkest dark” on the left side of your gradient.
The far right represents your “lightest light”, the paper value.
a tone in the center that you estimate as the middle value between “darkest dark” and “lightest light”.
It won’t be perfect, but get as close as you can.
Grow out from black towards the middle value. Adjust with your eraser if necessary.
Keep expanding to create a rough version of your gradient. Is it well balanced overall?
Clean up the tones to make a smooth transition from left to right.
Finish the scale by cleaning up any irregularities. This can take a while! Be patient and really go for perfection.
To see his visuals visit his website
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We used the wiring for our artful galimotos