Values tonal study female figure quick speedpainting. As I often mention the important of values or tonal, color vs values artist tips, now I am re educating myself on the subject and currently I am also focusing on utilizing my brush strokes on the painting.

Create a simple study, a rough painting that is used to work out the main values, which are shades of light and dark. The study should use neutral grays, which are cool and warm gray paints that are mixed together to create a neutral color temperature. You can work out the values for any painting with a simple value study that ’s no larger than a postage stamp. Once you work out the values study and get comfortable with them. They can be really useful and give you advantage when doing thumbnail sketches to find new idea and created an interesting, dynamic composition. You know exactly what you want to paint. Here is a very effective way to shade: values study exercises and how to shade.

In this one, there isn’t much of anything complex except a simple female figure study using tonals or values. Like I mentioned before I am revisiting my process and see how I can progress further. ūüôā

Here is a final female figure tonal study.

female figure tonal study shading

female figure tonal study shading

Below are sample step by step how I draw and paint the figure.  Step one, I just use mid gray to draw and block in the major area like her hair and arms.  Since her shirt is off white, I just drew only outline.  Then in figure 2, I blocked in more area around her hips and legs using same value of gray.  Since her mini skirt is darker, I painted over using darker value.  Step three, I add basic shadow using just one darker value for the whole figure.  Step four, I painting in some wrinkle for clothe and then some dark shadow on the casting shadow area.  Step five, I paint some lighter value onto her skin since skin will have more shinier spots and value range than cloth.  Step six, then I begin adding some sepia tone onto the overall painting.

shading tonal value figure study

shading tonal value figure study

More drawing tutorials.
-How to paint woman figure back
-How to draw woman hip
-How to draw woman upper body
-How to draw woman body figure

Values tonal study female figure

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- Xia Taptara (ťĽÉśõČŤĀ≤ Huang XiaoShńďng), 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.


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