Sunday, February 22, 2015
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Here's another one with the same experiment as yesterday - putting down the darks first, and mapping out all the values with that color, then the rest on top. I promised I would talk about the benefits (that I can think of right this moment), so here goes.
1. The base color (whatever you make the darks of) ties the whole thing together quite a bit, because that color is everywhere (I used a mix of red, blue and yellow).
2. It is far easier to judge each value as you go because you're just matching the color to the value that is underneath. (BTW, I actually switched the photo to black and white as I was blocking in the values, so I wouldn't be distracted by the color)
3. I could easily see (and adjust), throughout the whole process, somewhat how the whole thing was going to look in the end, because all the values were already there (vs. how I usually work - from islands to oceans).
Again I'd like to mention that it worked particularly well here because the colors are all fairly neutral. I wouldn't use this method on a scene with really saturated colors, as my still lifes often do.