Why are values important in a painting?
Why is my painting grey?
The Five-Value Scale
Strong paintings have simple values. The ability to make values the same, despite color changes, is important for simple shapes in a painting. The Five-Value scale strengthens this skill.
Although there are many more values seen by the eye, reducing them to five simple values–ranging from white to black–makes understanding value simpler. This scale is essentially a simplified gradation of value that is easy to see. I will also show how the Five-Value scale translates into color.