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2.1 Dot in the Boxes

Print out the gradation scale PDF file. It has a full value scale on the top and a series of empty boxes below. Over the course of this lesson, we’ll be working our way from white to black, filling in the boxes with pointillism dots. I’ll discuss how squinting helps you see value better and how to fill in the higher value boxes quickly with a little trick. Creating a gradation scale is great practice for using the pen and sets the foundation for the portrait, where we’ll be using the scale as a reference for accurately dotting the image.