Painting with limited value range digital painting tutorial. This tutorial shows you how I paint with limited value. This time I am experimenting with limited range. What that mean is I have limited range of light and dark to painted with, including color palette. This one I choose cool range toward blue gray. If you look at your HSB (Hue, Saturation, and Brightness), the range of B I am painting with is between 30 and 85, no more and no less. It is still a very wide range of value I can use. Some time soon, I will experiment with narrower range.

The topic I choose to paint is ice age. I have been really comfortable with painting scene in snow. It just came naturally to me because it is very subdue and monochrome in nature, much like under water scene. I have some sort of story in mind. An ice age family travelling then ran into a sabre-tooth cat.
I am focusing on three things only because this painting is done in 30 minutes painting time.
1) Composition
2) Value and temperature
3) Edges and depth of field

painting with limited value range

painting with limited value range

Below are my step by step painting process.

digital painting tutorial limited value range

digital painting tutorial limited value range

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Painting with limited value range

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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.

  • Robert Hopkins

    Thanks for the article!

    So… If I paint with 8 values in a painting, background to foreground, and I used values of 11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88 then I would be covered properly (100/9=11.11 for 8 value ranges)? From a logical stand point of view? It is easy to change the value/luminance on the color picker to accomplish this if you want a painting to have correct values through out it. The Master’s said to “usually” never use black and white so that is why i choose to not use zero and one hundred. I currently only attempt landscapes since I am a beginner.

    Your valued opinion would be appreciated!


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