My drawing isn’t quite finished yet, but I needed a change of pace, so I decided to start on my black and white value study. As usual, I taped a piece of tracing paper over my drawing and mixed up 9 values of paint from white to black, numbering them on my palette. See for some more information. I’m not trying for detail here, just a basic indication of the big shapes.

I didn’t intend to put so much detail on the basket at this point, but it almost seemed easier to follow the lines than to simplify it! I don’t think I’ll continue this way. I’ll be a lot more loose with it at my next session. When this study is complete, I’ll use it both to judge the composition, and to guide me when I’m painting on the canvas.