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How to see in tonal values

How to see in tonal values

Question from Maksim T.

“How can I learn to see in value? There is too much grayscale information; how do I isolate values”?

Answer from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor
Illustrations by Vladimir London

Seeing values is something you develop with practice.

How to see in tonal values

How to see in tonal values
Watercolor by Vladimir London

In the beginning, you can do the following trick: squint your eyes almost shut, so you see less color, and it becomes almost grayscale. This makes it easier to distinguish tonal values.

When you draw, you do not isolate value; you compare it to other values. This method is described in detail in multiple video lessons of the drawing course.

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