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lesson 5: value and the illusion of form

Our fifth assignment will be exploration of value and the illusion of form, using pastels (chalk or oil) to create mythical creatures which demonstrate value to create the illusion of form.


Value, or tone, refers to the use of light and dark, shade and highlight, in an artwork. Some people also refer the lightness and darkness in an artwork as tints(light) and shades(dark). Black-and-white photography depends entirely on value to define its subjects. Value is directly related to contrast. Value is the relative degree of lightness in the graphic work of art or painting.


Form may be created by the forming of two or more shapes or as three-dimensional shapes (cube, pyramid, sphere, cylinder, etc.). It may be enhanced by tone, texture and color. Form is considered three-dimensional showing height, width and depth. Examples of these are sculpture, theater play and figurines. Form is the external appearance of a clearly defined area. Form could refer to 4th dimensional figures such as in computer generated design.


We will be using different values to shade shapes giving them the illusion of form.  The theme will be dragons or other imaginary animals to ensure that you do not get stuck on trying to get something to look "right," and can focus primarily on using different values to shade your creature.


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