Values are critical in creating dynamic graphite drawings, as they help produce the illusion of the 3rd dimension on a 2-dimensional surface. It's one of the most important skills to learn as a realistic pencil artist to bring your drawings to life!
What are values? They are the degrees of lightness and darkness in your drawing.
When you see an egret in nature you know they are white, but they also contain a number of subtle value changes created by the sun and shadows. It's also necessary to understand the light source, taking into consideration what direction the light falls upon the egret because values change according to it's orientation to the light.
Drawing is all about being a sensitive observer. At times values can be very misleading. they can create an optical illusion to an untrained eye. But when you have mastered the value scale and incorporated it into your drawing, your work will be a ginormous success!
Going into my fox drawing, I knew in the back of my head there existed the possibility that I could wreck it...but I really didn't think that would happen, until it did!! :(
I was SO unhappy (and super grumpy...of course the hundred + weather did not help either) that I put it away in the afternoon and did not draw again that day. I wanted to look at it with fresh eyes this morning...yup I wrecked it alright!
I've been pretty upset about it until I had a talk with myself and am trying to set myself straight...it's just a drawing, it doesn't have to be perfect, I don't have to be perfect, I don't have to be in a hurry with it (!!!), this is a wonderful opportunity to push my skills, as I feel I am not that good with backgrounds.
My need for perfection is very stifling, boring, kills my creativity, brings down my resonance and throws me out of balance.
"It is also one of the most profound nemeses in the search for the Soul and the Soul's Path."
For an artist and person like me it also causes lots of needless suffering. My mind/negative ego just races with very unproductive and down right mean things. I know exactly where this stems from, I've been working on this issue for many, many years as it got so bad for awhile I did not not create any art for almost 7 years!!
I have come a long way with it through the years, I know I am loved and accepted by God even if I create bad art!! In fact they are probably happy this all happened to heal a bit more with it, because it's only a small stupid drawing of a fox...yet...it represents more than that to me. I can take this as an opportunity to heal and grow or continue on this hamster wheel of perfection.
**I'm not there enough to show you the disastrous background yet!! Hopefully next week, either way!!**
In the Ultramarine corner, all the way from Yonkers, New York...weighing in at .17 ounces is Prismacolor pencils.
In the crimson corner, all the way from Cleveland, Ohio...weighing in at .22 ounces is Polychromo pencils.
Lets have a good clean fight!
Prismacolor pencils (P1)
Polychromo pencils (P2) (drawing in progress)
With only about 3 hours into my fox drawing with Poychromos pencils I can already tell the huge difference between the two pencils.
These are my observations~
1) I am able to get the fine details that I normally get with my Tombow graphite pencils using P 2. plus I can use my Tombow pencils right along side the colored pencils...all the whiskers are with graphite.
2) My biggest pet peeve was all the tiny wax pieces everywhere with P1, no matter how careful I was! I was scraping off pieces with a razor blade on my swan...you can see slight residue on the actual piece.
3) I would have a beautiful sharpened point on P1 but as soon as I started drawing, it would break...my second biggest pet peeve with P1!! I know I am heavy handed with my pencils but come on! I did not have that issue with P2.
4) My local art store carries both pencils and I noticed that P2 had a lot less colors...altho the whole point of cp is to layer to get a beautiful vibrancy, so I'm not seeing this as an issue...but I am still a newbie at this!
5) Price- A LOT more for P2 than P1, BUT, because of the breaking points, I had to sharpen way more and so I went through 2 black and 2 white pencils on my tiger...I probably would not have with P2
6) I was able to erase the Polychromo pencils!! Because P1 is wax based erasing is impossible.
7) I have about the same amount of layers on both drawings, altho I pretty sure I can go with more on my fox (P2)
8) P2 pencils are wider so they barely fit in my pencil sharpener...I have to tug them out.
9) I had heard that the white P2 pencil did not work well, so instead I just bought a Caran d'Aches Blanc pencil to use and it worked perfectly along side P2
So, despite a few glitches such as price and width, the clear champion for me is the Polychromo pencils!