One of the greatest thing that gives happiness in life is the expression of yourself through painting. Imagine yourself creating a beautiful portrait of your friend or finding yourself drawing and painting a landscape very spontaneously. You have seen drawings by pencil created by great masters and you wish that you painted like them. However, not all these can’t be achieved if we don’t know how to do it correctly by means of knowing the relationship of values and color.

You probably did a few strokes already in your pencil portrait project or perhaps you are just beginning to learn the first steps. Whatever stage you are in, it is very important to know the process of drawing by means of creating lines and adding value which is also referred to as “tone” and understanding how value translate to colors which you will experience mostly in drawing and painting.

When you start rendering the portrait, let the artist within you do its creative work by knowing first how to do the basic skills in whatever you are drawing. As you progress you will begin to know the importance of value by means of rendering light and shadows. Through this, you will eventually begin to identify colors to your portrait drawings. The best way to keep in mind is to always see value as colors.

You will know this once you have learned the relationship of light and shadows from light to dark tones that is mostly use in drawing. This will be an effective guide for those who want to succeed in drawing and adding colors usually is experience in painting. This is the way to put colors into your drawings.

Five Steps To Find Colors In Value

1) Sketch your subject matter which is the portrait. Do all the line drawings of each part of the face using a dark lead pencil.

2) Identify where the light source is coming from. You can have it coming from the upper right side corner or left side corner of the paper. This light source is very important because through it your subject will be formed by means of shades, which is value, and from value to colors.

3) Using a pencil draw the shades and shadows of each facial parts of the face from the lightest to the darkest tone depending on how the light distributes them.

4) Each shades from dark to light, which is called value, signifies a particular color tone. From the darkest shades to the medium to the lightest will translate a color tone. Example: yellow will fall in the lightest shade, orange will be in the medium shade and brown will fall to the darkest shade.

5) Dark shades will signify a darker color value like for example the dark shade of a hair would be the color of a dark brown hair. Light blue eyes would be in the medium dark shade tonal value. A light shade tone would be the color of a fair complexion of a facial skin tones.

The best way to render colors is the ability to see colors as different shades of value. You will know this once you become familiar with the relationship of light and shadows in drawing. This is the effective way to succeed in drawing and applying the colors in painting.

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