Landscape Value Study - The Good & The Bad


Landscape Value Study - The Good & The Bad

In this Landscape Value Study lesson I will share a 'good' and 'bad' version. It's a great visual of how to use tone to create distance and focal point.

What You Need To Know

  • In the 'bad' version I will be careless with tone. Basically lacking the skills of adding gray, or a complimentary, to the base colors this creating a lack of depth.
  • Note how flat the 'bad' version looks.
  • In the 'good' version I'm keen on shifting the tonal values. In order to create a better feel of distance & focal point there's more sensitivity to tones.
  • And you know now that using grey, or a complimentary color to background objects is key to making this area quiet.
  • Also, by using more intense, or saturated hues in the foreground it adds contrast to the background. The foreground becomes louder this creating depth in the painting.
Landscape Value Study - The Good & The Bad

Landscape Value Study - The Good & The Bad

Get To Work

Try a 'bad' and 'good' example. By doing both studies it will teach you the importance of taking time to adjust hues accordingly. Plus when you are finished with the illustration you can hang it up in the studio. Now you have something to look at for reference and a reminder to not overlook the power of toning down colors.


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Value & ToneRobert Joyner