You can see that one of the terms he uses to describe the different values is ' highlight' - which is one which artists use all the time.
|The Denman Ross Value Scale|
How to create a Denman Ross Value Scale (a nine step value scale)
The way to create a nine step value scale is as follows:
- start with white and black at either end of your nine value scale
- mix a medium grey which is visually halfway between white and black
- mix a light grey halfway between the mid grey and white
- mix a dark grey halfway between the mid grey and black (you now have a total of 5 value steps)
- create four intermediate greys at a value midway between each of the values you have so far
You can use these values when working out a composition. Try using just three values or five values.
More information about tonal values
More links to information about tonal values and the Denman Ross Value Scale
- Making A Mark: Composition - why tonal values and contrast are important - provides a summary of learning points about value
- Handprint: The Value Scale - this provides lots of information about different value scales and the different types of interval scales
- The Dimensions of Colour by David Briggs - Part 8: Lightness and Chroma - The Dimensions of Lightness
- Value Scale by Julianna Kunstler - demonstrates different ways of making marks to create a value scale