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Your Artist's Brain by Carl Purcell

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CHAPTER 4

seeing VALUE

illustration

AUTUMN HARVEST arrow Charcoal and colored pencil on bristol paper arrow 15″ × 20″ (38cm × 51cm)

The term “value” refers to the quality of lights and darks in a work of art. People speak of colors in their daily conversations, but rarely speak of how dark or light something is in relation to its surroundings. It is because of light and shadow that we are able to see anything at all. The degree of value contrast between an object ...

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