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50 Shades of Gray… Values

Today I want to introduce you to a exceptionally handy tool for graphite artists. Sorry, hope you are not disappointed, we won’t be discussing any books, movies or personal value systems. (LOL)   Instead, I want to take you into the world of optical illusions and show you how easily the eyes (even those of an artist) can be tricked. First, let’s look at the definition of values when used in art terminology:
Value The lightness or darkness of tones or colors. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle gray. Space An element of art by which positive and negative areas are defined or a sense of depth achieved in a work of art .     —– Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences, Conservatory of Music

Introducing my friend, the Gray Scale & Value Finder!

Gray Scale & Value Finder
Gray Scale & Value Finder
This handy tool can help you find the right values in your drawings.  It’s an inexpensive item that in my opinion should be in every graphite artist’s tool box! I decided rather than re-invent the wheel, I would also introduce you to an amazing graphite artist who made a video about this very subject.  It was one of the first art videos I came across when I began drawing again.  The artist is JD Hillberry.   His work is beyond fantastic!  I highly recommend subscribing to his YouTube channel and visiting his website! So without further ado, I invite you to watch “Amazing Illusions Will Help Your Realistic Drawing.”     Isn’t that amazing how our eyes can easily be tricked?   I hope you found this video as helpful as I did! Now go out and get yourself a Gray Scale & Value Finder!  [affiliate link] Until next time, Keep Creating!

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