Developing Dark Values

In this drawing the artist had a problem with the sun. The only position he could take to make the painting work was to look directly into the sun, which made the larger boat, the reflections, and the pier area very dark. He decided to maintain that effect, so he kept the dark values in the same pattern. By making the distant shore very light in value, he didn't interfere with the silhouette of the boats. An additional element was introduced with the dock and the boat in the foreground. Because the complete dock and the boat were too far from the larger boats, he shortened the floating dock. This made a better composition since it brought all the elements of the picture together.

Boats The Harbor Drawn Pencil

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