Colour value thumbnails :: Vignettes de valeurs en couleurs

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
— Leonardo Da Vinci

When I really want to succeed in a painting as opposed to just fuddling around and experimenting — which happens quite often actually, I take my time and go through the drill of doing my composition thumbnails, then my value sketch and sometimes I also do some colour value thumbnails. Here are 4 thumbnails with different triads of colour. Usually the colours that take predominance for the different choices are  different blues.

The top left thumbnail has a combination of French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna and Aureolin Yellow. The top-right is made up of Cobalt blue, Burnt Sienna and Aureolin Yellow. Lower left is Cerulean Blue, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna. Lower right is Prussian Blue, Indian Red and Aureolin Yellow.

Quand je veux vraiment réussir une peinture, à l’opposé de juste vouloir dessiner pour l’expérience, je prends mon temps et je passe au travers des étapes qui sont si importantes. Je commence par des vignettes de composition, ensuite une étude en valeurs de tons, ensuite des vignettes de valeurs en couleurs. Voici quatre vignettes avec leurs triades en couleurs.

La vignette en haut à gauche a une combinaison de blue outremer, terre de sienne brûlée et jaune aureolin. En haut à droite comprend du blue cobalt, terre de sienne brûlée et jaune aureolin. En bas à gauche un mélange de bleu céruléen, terre de sienne et terre de sienne brûlée. En bas à droite du blue de prusse, rouge indien et jaune aureolin.

Paper: Larolan Sketchbook
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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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