Again, at the old farm. This is a value sketch; the aim being primarily to perceive and record the lights & darks of the scene in the proper relationship to one another, without doing too much detail. I started with an overall shape sketch with an HB pencil, then blocked-in the darkest darks with an 8B, identifed the lightest lights, and worked-in the values that fell between. A value sketch can be very helpful later on when you go to do a color rendering, or even just a more detailed drawing, because you will have familiarized yourself with the elements of the subject, and know what you’re shooting for as far as contrast.
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