Check out the Exercise and Download the Practice Sheet HEREArtist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)
EXERCISE: Taking a look at refining the basics of adding values doing simple exercises.
I have been requested many times for a simple exercise that focuses on the basics of adding values to create form and structure. Let’s break it down into the simplest of simple exercises. Below are four practices for you to zone in and focus on how to shade values. Use the light box directions as you do your own practice sheet.
Below is a step by step on how I created each of the value studies from the exercise practice sheet. I broke it down into each significant step on what was included or added:
- Outline - Begin with the overall shaping of the object you are going to shade.
- Solid Base - Try working with a darker base color to act as your foundation for you to work on top of.
- Initial Detail Pass - Before laying down another color, focus on where you want your light source and stay consistent throughout! Really look at if the surface is curved or flat: That makes a HUGE difference.
- Remove Outlines and Refine - This will give the gem a solid foundation from here to detail further! Subtle gradients will add that extra touch of realism.
- Surface, Highlights, and Shadows – This is the hardest step. Really focus on the lighting on how it interacts with each object.
- Bounce Lighting and Cast Shadow - For the final polish pass work on the environment around your object so in this case bounce lighting would be received on the bottom side of the object as well as casting a shadow on the ground beside it based on where the lighting is coming from.