Color Style #8: One Color Value Study


Color Techniques for Drawing


Lesson Info

Color Style #8: One Color Value Study

Now we're gonna look at value. And this is easing into doing kind of, more of, more of a full painting with all the light and the shadow. I'm just gonna go with my indigo paint again. And we're gonna do like we did on our daisy. Look at some of the very light spots and try and avoid them. There we go. That guy kind of got wrapped around the edge. I'm gonna look at my other one too. Okay. So I'm finding my very very lightest spots. Oh, that is very concentrated. I'm doing this on coated paper. Again, so I can erase. But, certainly don't have to. And I can tell already it's beading up and running away from where I want it to stick. So I'm gonna do that little trick I showed you where I just get some water on a paper towel and just scrub at it a little bit. Could be that I had some oil on my hands. Or something like that. And does that actually remove some of the medium? Or does it just rough up the surface a little bit? I think it's just roughing up, roughing up the surface and perha...

ps getting a little oil or something that might have been on there. Okay, so we're starting with our lightest colors. Remember how we did the daisy petals? Can kind of put a little bit of lightsing on. And then I just rinsed my brush in the water and dabbed it off a little. Oh, thank you so much. Perfect timing. I dabbed it just in the water. And I only have water on my brush right now. And I'm just kind of guiding the pigment out. To follow my brush. There was actually no pigment on my brush at all when I painted that. So, find another dark spot. Paint it in. Oh, those are pretty big dark spots. Okay. Just water on my brush. Just gonna blend that out a little. Okay. You can kind of see where I'm going with this, right? And this is really mimicking some of the techniques that you showed us earlier when we were doing the daisy. And painting the different petals. Yes. And also it's kind of mimicking the things we were doing with sketching when we were doing all of our shading and blending. We're just doing it in paint this time. Okay. And with this coated paper, I can, I can just pick right into this. You can do a little on uncoated too. You can just pick right into a dark spot and just push it up where you want it to go. Pigment is really just like, like dirt. It's like silt a lot of the names sound just like dirt. Raw umber. Yellow oak. Burnt siena. It's very, it's just like silt. And your brush is full of water. And it's just like this little river that's just sort of guiding the silt in the direction you want it to flow. If you look at this very closely. Like, sometimes I'll do the, my tablet, you can kind of go macro. And I'll just sort of watch the paint flow around. And it really gives you a good idea of how the paint lays down. Okay. So now darkest spot. Gonna come in there like that. Okay. Here's my darkest spot. Now here's another fun thing that happens when I get to the grapes. I can do a little dot. Has to be kind of dry. I'm gonna exaggerate this just a little bit for effect. I'm gonna make these a little bit bigger than they are. And then, this might be too wet. Let's try it. Ready? Okay. So get your paint brush really really dry. And just come in and try and lift out a dot for the highlight. There. So it kind of makes things look really round when you just take out a little dot on the highlight. So this is kind of like you're using your eraser as a tool but you're using a dry paintbrush on a wet round dot of paint. So it's kind of making those grapes look kind of round. And all I was doing was removing the paint instead of adding it. Okay. So I think you're getting the idea on what to do. As you can see, I just go through all of the areas that are mediums, I leave the lights, I color in the darks darker. Same thing that we did with the pencil. And you end up having something like this that's a one color value study. Value is just the study of lights and darks.

Class Description

Are you ready to work with color on your drawing but overwhelmed by all the possible options? In this class, professional painter & illustrator Cleo Papanikolas shares fun, beginner-friendly color application techniques that can turn anyone’s drawings into vibrant finished pieces.

In this class Cleo will teach you 8 different color styles ranging from spot color techniques to using metallics with illustrations.

You'll also learn how to:
  • Load and Apply color with your brush 
  • Use different mediums: watercolor, gouache, brush pens and colored pencil 
  • Create harmonious color palettes
With your finished color pieces, Cleo will show you how to move your drawings out of your sketchbook and out into the world. Learn how to display your drawings on gallery walls and onto physical products, from iPhone cases to large scale tapestries, with sites like Society6.  


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Cleo does start quite nervous, and not very clear in her explanations. Thanks to the guy asking the questions throughout the class…I guess he was as confused as us in the beginning. BUT…the class does get better!! She gets more confident and does give good examples to take your simple drawing to a colorful piece of art you can sell on products or share on social media. I really enjoyed later lessons. And I always say-if I can get a least ONE good advice or trick – then it was not a waste of my $20.