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You may have heard about tonal values, and that it’s one of the most fundamental art concepts to know when you want to paint and draw faces. And not only for faces, but in visual arts in general. But why is that, and what are tonal values actually? Watch my 10 minutes introduction video to find out more.

If you know what tonal values are and how to work with them, you can give your portraits (and other visual artworks) more depth and interest. Why? And how? That’s the topic of the video below. We’ll explore what tonal values are, why they are important, and how you can work with them in practice.

Knowing about tonal values is so important that it’s also the first main subject of my in-depth online portrait class Drawing in the Soul. And with just a few weeks to go before a new round of this class starts, it’s good to learn more about this topic.

So let’s start the video and dive into the world of tonal values!

So that was my introduction to tonal values. For me personally, tonal values really are the basis for my art – and especially for portraits. The values are the most important part of my portraits, because if the values are right, you can use any color or texture and it will still look like a ‘credible’ face.

And how about you? Do you work with tonal values in your art? Why, or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know in a comment below!

Tonal values is the first main subject that we’ll focus on in my in-depth portrait class Drawing in the Soul. You’ll learn how to see them and how to work with them. Those are very important skills to learn when you want to create more realistic looking portraits.

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  1. Hello Juna, thank you for your clear explanation! Of course I want to learn this all in this course, I understand how important color tones, shadows are! Life consists of shadows everywhere and always, making visible and thereby drawing or painting more depth, character and meaning in a portrait! In black and white and or in color and especially with a portrait. This is still so difficult for me, so practicing and teaching this can’t hurt, ergo I want to learn more from you! You teach, for me, in a super nice understandable way … very nice indeed! Should have done this much earlier, many eye openers ….. an enrichment in my life ❣️ look forward to the next course enormously 🙏🏼

    1. So glad you found it valuable Birgitta! And well said about how life consists of shadows (and light)… It’s a subject that I too keep learning from, I keep digging deeper and it gets more and more exciting. I can’t wait to start Drawing in the Soul with you. Just a few more weeks, yay!! 🙂

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