"Pinware River 4, Labrador" Value Sketch
graphite on paper, 9" x 14"
One way for an artist to check that a composition will work in a finished painting is to do a preliminary value sketch in tones of black and white. The artist ensures that areas of one tone lie against areas of contrasting tone.
Textures and details are not important in a value sketch, just placing tonal masses so that the composition reads well.
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