Create a Value Scale mixing black and white opaque paints to create ten even value shifts. Begin with the first value as white and end with the last value black. The proportion and layout of the value scale should match figure A, page 122. Each value rectangle should measure 1 ¼ inch high x 1 ½ inch wide. There should be a ½ inch vertical value bar in the middle between 2 identical value scales. The total width, including the vertical value bar, is 3 ½ inches. The total height measures 12 ½ inches.
Step 1: Measure out the value scale on white paper and mark the grids and vertical value bar using a light pencil taking care to keep the lines parallel. Leave a minimum of 2 inches of white paper around the value scale. The value scale can be carefully trimmed as a final stage, if needed.
Step 2: Mix the 8 intermediate gray values using white and black opaque paint. The remaining 2 values are white and black. The objective is to create evenly stepped value gradations through the entire scale from white to black.
Step 3: Test your paint values before painting on the final work.
Step 4: After mixing the evenly stepped values paint the value scale. Tip: Flat brushes work best to paint crisp corners and edges.
This value scale will be a great resource to use when creating future drawings and paintings to remind you of the full range of values available when creating visual art. You can place the scale next to your art and see how they compare.
Artistic craftsmanship is becoming more and more critical as the semester continues. Again, are you making progress and improving in this critical area?