Value sketch for “Corner”

I am hoping to do some larger paintings this winter so this little sketch, done in washes of Payne’s gray, is the first step. I tried to do the full-size painting in my car but there is just not enough room to have a bigger sheet on my lap so I will try it again in studio.

The advantage of doing this little sketch first is that I can figure out where my lights and darks will be, as well as work out any compositional problems. There is one thing that I would like to change here. The back part of the stop sign on the foreground pole gets mixed in with the windows on the building in back of it, so I may adjust that in the final drawing. And if the painting is not too much of a disaster, I will post it.

Corner Value Sketch

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4 Comments on “Value sketch for “Corner””

  1. captelaine says:

    I’ll be interested to see what you do with this… the sign is distracting… or is it the center of interest? I always have a hard time figuring out center of interest issues.

  2. jane says:

    I love the value sketch Shari — it helps to see — and it prevents us from making mistakes once we are on the real “thing”. Really nice ;-)

  3. John Wright says:

    I’d be tempted to drag the pole to the right so it is 1/3rd , not central to the compostion. Your challange will be to work fast and not get stiff when you are faced with a larger sheet.

    I’m sure it will be great!


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