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!