Tips on Tuesday

Tonal Value

This weeks tip is all about tonal value.  As it is the whole topic for this term and we are currently painting a tonal painting, a seascape in black and white which we will then glaze colour  on top of.  I thought about it and have decided to point you in the direction of a couple of resources that I have found useful.

The handprint website is my go to information point regarding colour.  It is extensive, going into great detail about each colour including the tonal value of pigment in the artists value wheel.  It is worth exploring this website in detail, the tonal value section is very interesting, here is a quote from this page:

Given all the space devoted to hue in color theory, it is surprising to learn that value is the most important design element of a painting. It is hard to overstate the importance of good value structure to the impact of visual art.  (, accessed 13/01/2018)

Tonal Value Videos – YouTube!

I found this video, amongst others, on tonal value… JD Hillberry is talking about drawing and the latter half you may not find interesting as he moves onto how to blend whilst drawing but I thought his explanation of tone, especially reflected tone where there is dark colours surrounding the highlight, is excellent.  He explains that a highlight in a dark area can be deceptively darker than it appears and how by using a tonal value finder it can help.


Tonal Value Finders



Grey Scale & Value Finder


Grey Scale & Value Finder

Tips on Tuesday – Tonal Value

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