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3.2 Section Out the Value Areas

In this lesson, we’ll be setting things up for a very easy, first pointillism portrait. Using your gradation scale and the reference photo, pencil in value areas. Think of it like creating a paint-by-number painting or a topographical map. You can look at the value area JPEG I provided to see how I divided up my drawing.

3.2 Section Out the Value Areas

Now that we have our sketch drawn out, we're gonna start putting in the value areas. When you learn pointillism for the first time, it's a really good idea to follow this method, because it's actually going to create an almost paint by numbers effect on the drawing. So we're gonna be using the value scale that we created earlier. The photo as a reference, and then also the sketch that we made. So when we drew out the value scale, we learned zero though nine. However when we draw the areas onto our sketch we're actually only going to draw out the even numbers. This is because we are going to be blending later. And the blending will create that odd number value. You don't want to have a jump that goes zero to two on a final piece. So, by first inking in the two areas. Leaving the whitest white to zero. We'll then go back in later, add just a few dots to blend it to white. And those few dots will equal an area of value of one. So, this makes it much easier also to see on the sketch. Because if you have all nine numbers on here, it gets pretty crazy. So you can walk through it with me. I've also provided as a reference tool, this drawing with all the value areas drawn in and numbered for your convenience. So, starting easy, you see the shadow under my glasses so I'm going to draw in just that shape and looking at my value scale, it is going to be a six. So I like to write in the numbers because that way I know what it is later. Sometimes I forget and I just have all these areas and it gets a little bit difficult. So I've got a two and a four here. I'm also drawing quite dark, you want to go much lighter than I am so that you can erase it later. So you can see, as we go along here, why it's always a good idea to go with just the even numbers instead of all of them because it started getting a bit busy. So this here is a four. It's right up in here, it's actually lighter here for a two. It's also why you might want to use a picture of somebody else cuz if it's you, you start to look quite funny after a while. This might remind you of, as I mentioned earlier, those paint by numbers. I don't know about you but I did quite a bit of those as a child. And that's kind of the approach that I take here. Especially for people who haven't done this before, it makes it much less intimidating. So you're just gonna work your way through, figuring out. My glasses are obviously gonna be an eight. And this shirt, pretty much the whole shirt's gonna be an eight. There are just some little bits here where it catches the light. That'd be a six. But don't worry about missing areas. When you start to actually go in, you'll, With a pen, you'll cover all of them again, you'll see things you didn't see the first time. It's just the way this goes. That also shows that you're getting better at seeing value if you go in and change things. And as always, they're just reference points. Nothing is set in stone. So we're just going along. As you get more comfortable with this method you can do it much more intuitively. The way that I usually draw is just going by feel. And just looking at the values as I go. There's another full line of hair. My hair is quite light so it makes it easy for you. Six back there, shadows in the ears. And don't worry if you need to bump things up as you go along. Now, if you get to an area and you marked it as a six, it has to go up to an eight, that's easy. Also at this point, don't worry too much about going too dark. There are some tricks I will show you on how to fix that. All right. So you've got just about all of the major areas laid out. So once you're done with yours and you've got it all set, Then, you'll be ready to move on to the next step, where we are going to actually get to start inking finally. So it looks a little frightening, but this is gonna really make it comfortable as we move on to the next step, which is inking our drawing.

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