I really like making several different value studies when I have decided upon a sketch, but I must admit it is a little tedious to shade them in by hand. So, I like to do them on the computer.....
1. First you have to have a nice clean copy where all the lines join up (no gaps! the colors would bleed through)
2. Then scan this sketch into your computer.
here's a little sketch I made some time ago, really simple.
3. I open the sketch into Photoshop Elements (this is a fairly inexpensive photo imaging program that many people like). There is also GIMP, a free download. And I'm sure several others that I don't know - but if you do and can recommend! please...write a comment!
4. Then I click on the two little squares right down at the bottom on the left hand side that show the foreground and background colors, and I select a dark value. I don't care what color is it, I usually get as close as I can to a neutral grey. I find it easier to begin with the darkest value, and I never use more than 4 different values: 3 is fine too: white, black and one or two greys.
5. Then I click on the little paint bucket - it's about 6 little icons up from the bottom of that left hand side group of tools.
6. Then over to the sketch with my bucket now full of black paint! and I click where I want the image to be dark:
7. Hmmm or would it look more interesting if I inverted (Ctrl-I, command-I) those values:
8. Actually that does look pretty sharp...but I'll save it and maybe even print it out to look at more later...but I think I'll go back to where I was and add some medium lights:
10, maybe more?
11. No, I think I went too far...let's try again...hmm quite like this one!
See how addictive it is??? and how much fun....and a perfect way to design a quilt, not only in values...but easily translated into color too.
Actually in my Dyeing to Design class, about to start tomorrow with
the first assignment is about dyeing a nice gradation of blacks and then making a quilt solely from them. The assignment teaches so much about the importance of value.
The class lasts five weeks and as well as exploring low water immersion dyeing and gradation dyeing, it also covers arashi shibori and several different kinds of screen printing.
The class is organized around the five elements of design that we use in art quilts: value, color, texture, shape and line.
Love to have comments!!! Do please step in with your favorite way of shading your value studies.
And, if you have been, thanks for reading......Elizabeth