Indeed one of the best threads, great work everyone. I just have two questions about one of Fred's posts ( Thank you fred for all the info and the posted works, you are gifted ), If anyone could answer I'd be very greatful .
Probably my English skills are to blame, but what do you mean four values ?. I fear the meaning eludes me.Dust off the charcoal, and paint in big masses first. No details anywhere just the big four values. Not colors, but values. Colors, there can be plenty, but values, you need to keep simple. These 4 values are shadow free, what you are looking for in color is the color of the object you are painting, if its a red shirt, you paint the red at its value you see sans light influence...etc
And the second:
Well, the focal point is also dictated by the lines, the composition from the "drawing" right ? We can't just pick what strikes us fancy...then, you find the shadows relative to those big values, and you have the picture. Then its a matter of picking a focal point, and building up upon that.
.. Im just trying to understand and learn ..
Also Fred you mentioned a tutorial. Did you have the time to put it togeter ? May we find it somewhere ?