Art Class 101 – Week 2

Tonal value painting of a pear.

Tonal value painting of a carved pear, every facet separated into either light or shadow.

In the second week of art class, we’re moving on to finding planes of light, searching for the average value in a mass of shape.   Shadows don’t usually have a consistent tonal value throughout; there are gradations because of reflected light and the tricks our eyes play as we see edges where light and dark meet.

To see the planes of light better, the teacher provided a  pear that had been “carved” with flat faceted sides.   We were to first paint and separate the light from the shadow facets.

Two white mugs.For homework this week, we graduated from one cyllindrical paper towel tube, to knife painting two cyllindrical white mugs, one casting the shadow on the other.   This took me way too long.

Tonal value study of two cups

Tonal value study of two cups

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