3089: Value Study

I’m planning a new painting and today I started with a value study for it.

I’m tremendously influenced by Denis Sarazhin and his figurative work. What I love about them is his use of color and how he gets parts of the figure to really glow with life.

So, part of today was analyzing a couple of his paintings.

When analyzing this painting (right above) I’ve discovered that Sarazhin has kept the background and shadow areas very high chroma but low value.

The lighter areas of the skin that are more blue are lower chroma but consistently high in value.

While the lighter areas of the skin that are more yellow are both high in chroma and value.

When reducing the painting to black and white it’s a great study in value. The painting reads perfectly without color.

Conclusion: Value is the most important. Regardless of chroma or hue the painting must read in black and white first.

For the phoenix painting I need to pic a palette. Paint a color key and do a value study. Plus a compositional study.

Try to get an effect that communicates the mood I want.

Palettes Types

  • Complementary: Opposite sides of the color wheel.
  • Don’t get too extreme with each color. Pick a dominant one and take only that one into higher chroma.
  • Analogous: Same hue family.
  • Split complementary palette: Just like the complementary palette but with one more layer.
  • Pick your dominant hue.
  • Split your secondary hue between its neighbor.
  • Triadic: Three points of a triangle. Dominant color, Supporting color, accent color.
  • Unequal Triad:

So the above is not in great order. It’s my notes on the hours of study I was doing today. Here are some links of what I was studying.

Value Study

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