Basic Value Shapes in Various Formats – Part 1 of 3
The first consideration when beginning a painting is the size and shape of your canvas. The following exercises will clarify the importance of this choice. A camera captures shapes as they exist in reality, whereas an artist has the option to move each and every shape at will. The size and format of the canvas, if not taken into consideration, can detract from the artist’s intent if she chooses not to alter reality.
This is another exercise from my ancient book of lesson plans. Draw four small squares. Divide the first into two shapes, the second into three shapes, the third into four shapes and the fourth into five shapes. Using a pencil, give each shape a different value. I suggest using a 3B pencil and a 6B pencil, applying either a light touch or a heavy touch to alter the values.
This week’s exercise is quick and easy, giving you time to complete previous exercises if you haven’t yet done so. Quick and easy does not mean that the exercise is not important.