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    Digital art value question

    Ive been using a Wacom for just about a year now (Dec), and while reading books on digital art I've noticed that the techniques for adding values to a digital painting are pretty much the same in most books.

    Most tutorials / books say that you should first do your sketch, then add the lights and darks in B&W, and THEN add the color while keeping the B&W sketch on a multiply layer.

    When I do my illustrations I do a pencil sketch then I add color and then I add the values over the color....To me it's easier this way.

    What I want to know is, is this a rule that should be strictly followed?

    Do I need to retrain myself to add value first and then color or should I stick to doing it the way I feel most comfortable??



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatz
    What I want to know is, is this a rule that should be strictly followed?

    Do I need to retrain myself to add value first and then color or should I stick to doing it the way I feel most comfortable??
    There are no rules that should be strictly followed exept "do whatever it takes to do good work."
    Are you happy with the results you are getting? If so, continue. If not, try something else.


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    Thanks for the help Elwell!


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    Thanks for the help Elwell!


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    Agreed - paint like you are painting on a canvas... you will find the digital advantages that work for you, over practice.

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    i agree

    although, in my colour and composition class, we began learning values in black and white to understand shade and pigment. it depends if you want to sell good work, or if you want to teach people how to paint or become a classical master... if it's the latter two, then you should really learn how to match colours with black and white, but other then that, i wouldn't worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatz
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    Do I need to retrain myself to add value first and then color or should I stick to doing it the way I feel most comfortable??
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    There's no NEED to learn this grisaille method, but there's no harm in learning new tricks. You may find that other methods are even more comfortable to you, or create a look that you wind up liking more, or seem like a waste of time, but at least you've flexed your art muscles a bit.

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    Well let's say I wanted to work by doing everything in gray first to establish values, and then simply add the color. How would I go about doing that? Would I have to paint in gray first, and then use the eyedropper to select the gray and then just simply pick the color with the same value and REpaint everything all over again? There's gotta be a simpler way.

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    Color overlay layers?

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