In this chapter, we will discuss the qualities and perception of value—gradations of illumination from very light to very dark—and how to portray the value range accurately in graphite. Graphite is a great medium with which to learn the process of value application, as graphite lead is manufactured in a wide tonal range, from very light (hard leads) to very dark (soft leads). The process of applying graphite gradations, combined with extra time in making sensitively applied pencil strokes, can be effective and logical and, ultimately, give the viewer an accurate account of the subject’s value structure.


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