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Intro to Value and Shadow Scales with Joshua Jacobo

Intro to Value and Shadow Scales
Introduction to Value and Shadow Scales Learn to create value and shadow scales using charcoal, graphite, and a non-black material

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Joshua Jacobo
Drawing Exercises, Sketching
Charcoal Pencil, Pastel Pencil, Pencil
5h 6m 52s

In this lesson, instructor Joshua Jacobo will introduce you to a crucial lecture on value and shadow scales. You will learn to create three and five-value scales using charcoal, graphite, and a non-black material. Then, Joshua will teach you a technique for creating shadow scales, used to create reliably even “steps” from one value to another. From there, you will utilize the shadow scale to calibrate your value scales. This lesson not only trains you to judge values but also helps strengthen your hatching and blending skills.

This lesson belongs to the course Beginner’s Guide to Drawing. It is a 14-week course designed to empower new students with a structured approach for learning how to draw. Join instructors Steve Huston, Chris Legaspi, Heather Lenefsky, Bill Perkins, Joshua Jacobo, John Asaro, and Mark Westermoe as you learn the fundamentals of perspective, rendering, and composition. After completing this course, you will develop a solid foundation in drawing.

Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.

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