Do your drawings and paintings look flat or are hard to read?
The largest and most difficult aspect of learning to paint for me was getting the values right. All my images looked overly dark and muddy, on top of that there was no color harmony. Now my lack of understanding color theory played into these muddy early days too but not as much as the value.s.
So what are values?
Value pertains to how dark or light your image is. Values are often considered tone as well. They are the shadows, the highlights, and everything in-between. Every color can be assigned a value and should not be mistaken for saturation which is the intensity of a color.
Why are values important ?
Value is the conductor of your orchestra. It will dictate several facets of your image. The arrangement of values in a painting determines the flow and movement of the viewers eye. Value is the primary way of defining forms. It shows the viewer the texture, the shape, and how the lighting is set. So to put it simply value creates the visual structure of an image.
Tricks to improve your values!
Assign the planes of your illustration; the Foreground, mid ground, and background a limited value range. this will help you work out the image from a design standpoint and look at the shapes and flow of the composition.
If values are similar, shapes will appear to flatten out. Its through the contrast of value that space can be determined and shapes be clearly defined.
A concept artist and illustrator residing in New England. He embraces his overwhelming passion for creating on a daily basis.
When he's not creating and gaming, he loves to spend time at the beach or hitting up the gym.