One weekend spent at a beach resort, I got the chance to sketch plein air. The difference here is the intention in my head. I’m making a sketch. This time I wanted to paint at home using only the sketches as reference, no photos because photos can get in the way.
I used to think I didn’t need to make value studies at all. It was when I learned how important tonal value really is to a painting that I started making value studies. At first I thought it was more like a black and white version of the painting.
I found it tedious. Then I watched videos of painter Andy Evansen on YouTube. He has a very simple way of making value studies. Limiting the picture to three values and connecting shapes.