Hi, hola! My name is Martín López, english is not my first language but I will keep my mistakes to a minimum. I've never participatd in a forum but here I go. Let's get started.
I suppose practice is the answer to this but, is there a way to measure value? Any recomended readings? I noticed her dress could use a little more contrast and her face as well.
Artist: Jean Beraud, 1849-1935, France.
This piece makes excelent use of emphasis. The diference in value establishes the focus of the picture. This is reinforced by the attention to detail to the figure in contrast to the background. The rhythms in the dress set a route that starts in the skirt and ends with the face and hands. I really liked her pose and it was a lot of fun to decipher the insides of something that looks so simple but very powerfull at the same time.