Value Project

Thank you so much everyone for your love and encouragement on my last post about my typography projects! You made my day!

Our most recent project for my design class was to create an accordion book of six stages of value, where you focus on shading, from black to gray to white.  The first step was to find a photo of an organic object that showed highlighting and shadowing.  I chose a photograph I took of a double hibiscus while on my trip in China.

double hibiscus

The second step was to draw the image using pencil, making sure to do a lot of shading where the shadows are.

step 2 drawing

The third step was to paint the image using gray scale, meaning black for the shadows, gray for the in-betweens, and white for the highlights. This was the first time I ever worked with gouache, which was tricky. It’s a watercolor paint, but has a thicker consistency and gives a more opaque coat.

step 3 gray scale tones

The fourth step was to paint the image using only black and white for the shading and highlighting, again with gouache.

step 4 black and white

The fifth step was to paint the image in reverse – white for the shading and black for the highlighting.

step 5 white on black

The sixth step was to do a gestural drawing, which is just a loose, free-flowing, quick sketch of what the object is doing or how it feels, not so much what it looks like. (another good exercise forcing me to think outside the box)

step six gestural drawing

The final step was to mount each piece onto black illustrator board, and assemble the boards into an accordion book.

finished accordion bookThis was a very challenging and time-consuming but fun project.  I am SO happy with the final results! I love how each stage of my project turned out.  I also love the accordion book format, which I will definitely do again. I learned how to really look at an object, how to use gouache, how to paint, and how to design with value, which can really change the finished piece, depending on the effect you are going for.

Next up, working with texture – we get to design a texture quilt using images of texture cut from magazine photos.  Fun!

8 comments

  • Terri! Wow! Your project is beautiful. . .star student material. I am so impressed. You’re making all of us over here in color theory look bad :)! Have a good weekend, hope you’re able to get some stitching in.

  • WOW – you are so artistic – love the presentation in an accordion book. I am enjoying seeing all your projects from the design course.

  • This is really wonderful. You did a fabulous job! I’m very impressed with your drawing! I couldn’t even get it that good if I traced it, I’m sure. These art projects are really time-consuming, aren’t they? I have to do a color wheel and intermixing this week and, while I have all the paint part done, I still have a ton of cutting out and gluing to do to make it all officially done and presentable. That part takes just as long as the rest sometimes!

    Great job!

  • Wow! That’s all I can say. Wow! I’m sure this project would’ve sent me right over the edge. Wow! You go girl!

    ~Cassie

  • This is cool! Are you taking a design class just for fun, or are you seeking a degree? I took a couple art classes in college, but never felt confident nor talented enough to ever pursue anything with it.

  • Wow, just wow! You have some mad sewing skills there lady! You really should consider designing your own fabric and putting it up on Spoonflower, I would definitely buy a yard or two 🙂

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