Color vs value compare for artists. This video shows you how value and color work in illustration. Artist’s tip and technique in digital illustration. You can scroll down further to see the sample images.

Here is the definition of value from Munsell
Value, or lightness, varies vertically along the color solid, from black (value 0) at the bottom, to white (value 10) at the top. Neutral grays lie along the vertical axis between black and white.

Here’s an excerpt from what Craig Mullins (Master Painter) says on the matter of values:
“Decide what is in light and what is in shadow and don’t mix them up. Think like a comic artist. Two values, but if they are well thought out and designed and drawn they can look totally real. Think like that, but instead of making the light white and the shadow black, make the light a 7 and the shadow a 3. Then go ahead and use 5-10 in the light and 1-3 in the shadow to pull out sub forms. DO NOT use 1-5 in any part of the light, or use 5-10 in any areas of the dark. Keep you edges a little softer in the shadows, a little sharper in the light, you are done. (0 is black, 10 is white) Deciding what is in shadow and light for a particular object is pretty hard in words. I will leave that up to you and that is 99 percent of the struggle.”

“Hierarchal significance for any color: 1. Value 2. Saturation 3. Hue” -Craig Mullins

Observations, experiments and rants on the production and practice of digital art. The open notebooks of Joseph Francis. Artists struggle over getting correct colors, yet often neglect to get correct values, in spite of the fact that of the two, values are more important than colors at revealing an object’s form.

Notice in this image demonstrates if the values are distorted or wrong,
then you cannot even tell what is the picture really is (roll #3 the 2nd pic).
On the other hand, if the value is correct no matter what color you paint in
the shape and readability most likely will maintain ( roll #2, 3rd pic)

color and value compare for artists

color and value compare for artists

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Let me know what do you guys think?
Does this article explain to you more about colors and values in comparison?

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Color vs value compare for artists

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- Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.

  • Wayneth

    The mo fo rolls say it all! The rolls say it all for me now! and the 0-10 VALUE guide makes a lot of sense! I’m learning more from these tutorials in 3 minutes than I have learnt from University in three years!

  • Xia Taptara

    Look carefully at the middle roll last section of the donuts image. Your answer is right there. On the technical side, you will have to figure that out by studying light and shadow.

  • Ash

    So if one was to establish a value scale or greyscale in their picture then wanted to add color over it, how would one go about it? How does it correlate?

  • Xia Taptara

    Metal have different reflective property than skin, fabric and leather. You just have to observe how light interact with different materials. It is all about correct lighting and value. Shiny metal and dull metal also have different reflective property. Even different kind of fabric like silk, cotton, satin.
    I would recommend set up cloth, apples and tea pot or metal object than paint from life. Observe how different they are.

  • Alwaheibi Styling

    drawing for me is just minutes work .. painting wow .. am now going enter to war with my project .. my problem is whenever i paint the objects ,, they look chrome and shiny .. is used to draw and paint car for 3 years ,, now am drawing other things like characters .. but when i paint they look like metal chrome couldn’t overcome this .. ^^

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  • Jokayo

    hh , I like what Craig Mullins says thanks for that , and I think that the image demonstrates are enough for that article , I always like to draw in black and white picel drawing since I was a kid cuz every coloring I do it turns flat , so I did had a conscious that values are better without knowing what valuse are ‘hhh’ , so when I integrated to the 3d world I had an absulot idea for the valus and their important ,
    ps: by the way the first time I saw the title of this article ‘Color vs value ‘ I was 100% that the value will win , although I cant dismiss the important of the color , thanks again Xia


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