Thursday, February 25, 2010

5-Value Head Study, Female

5-Value Head Studyby David R. Darrow
6" x 6" (15.2cm x 15.2cm)
Oil on Panel

Collection of Linda Reynolds
Tampa, FL – USA

About This Painting

The following may only be interesting to other artists. It's a long-held principle that a good portrait has a reduced set of values. Five values is common among the great painters, especially seen in the work of John Singer Sargent.

I decided to give it a try, and I started by mixing 5 equally-spaced values using a mixing knife and two tubes of oil paint: raw umber and titanium white.

I quickly painted this head study starting with my darkest dark, then filled in the rest where appropriate.

Two values for shadow, and 3 values for the lights.  ◙

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Rishi Kapil said...

Wow , Love the results with just two colours x 5 colour values.

Sven said...

David- just discovered your blog. Your last two pieces are very strong. Love the black and white one.

Ishrath said...

Isnt this your header image?

A very beautiful and stunning work of art. Hope that you make more of these and share. Would love to see.