|High Contrast Graphite Drawing
With a Color or 3/D Element
VALUE: The two extreme tones or values are black (very dark) and white (very light).
Recognizing the tone or value of a color, rather than the hue, is important to a painter
because successful paintings have tonal contrast in them, or a range of values.
A painting with only mid-tones risks being flat and dull. Value or tonal contrast creates
visual interest or excitement in a painting. A high-key painting is one in which the
contrasts in value or tone are extreme, from black right through the range of
mid-tones down to white. A low-key painting is one in which the tonal range is
For purposes of this assignment students are asked to work from a picture or painting
that has dramatic lighting, students will complete a drawing in graphite. The project
should be 40% darks, 40% lights and 20% medium value.
Art IV students need to add either a color and or 3D element to the drawing.