Transparency, tone, and value, important while creating art or while creating a life”. ~ Bill Hendricks
A Tribute to Grant Woods
I started with a photograph too dark for my taste but nice. I loved the reflection of the sun on the water but the weeds in the foreground were too dark. So I played. As I experimented, I realized that I was working with value/tone; so I pushed it and this mezzotint like image was the result.
In my design and drawing courses, I discuss color and value because most of my work is done for the web, color can be an issue due to the variety of color profiles out there. So I emphasize value instead of color. Lynda Weinman on Lynda(Dot)Com produced a video about color several years ago that I use frequently–Color Principles. The chapter on Value is terrific.
As I searched for a quote to bring home my point and came across an article that put an entirely different spin on this topic. The title is You’re a Human, Act Like It. Unless You’re OK with Being a Digital Marketing Failure by Andrew Hanelly. Seems the idea of transparency, tone, and value has as great of a meaning in another context.