Painting with two values tutorial. Digital painting tutorial, painting with two values. You can basically create a good illustration using just two values, the key is to have correct lighting and solid shapes. It sounds simple, but using just two shades (values) can create a very bold and clear image.
We all know what value is. It’s a term we use to refer to lights and darks, which are arguably the most important of all the visual elements. The darks and lights of a painting do more than just provide descriptive information—they also determine its structure. It is really quite easy to give the impression of form by using just two values. That is all that is needed to create a convincing illusion of form. The key to doing this is to get the shapes right.

Here is the final image from my comics panel, Kapow Express.

painting with two value tutorial

painting with two value tutorial

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painting with two value part 2

painting with two value part 2

Below are video tutorial explain how I achieve two values painting.

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Here is part two of the video

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Painting with two values tutorial

About The Author
- 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.

  • Xia Taptara

    You cannot paint well without knowing how to draw. Because shapes and forms are essential to painting. Just draw everyday from references and supplement by painting . Draw ten then paint one. How often? Depending on how serious you are. If you are serious, you will manage to find time.

  • Nia

    So for a complete beginner that can’t really draw complicated stuff, what should I practice on painting?


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