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Do you sometimes feel you’d like to give your portraits more depth & atmosphere? But don’t know where to start?

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? Check out this 10 minutes introduction video to find out more.

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, which is going to start soon (June 1).

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.

So that’s the topic of this short video below. We’ll explore what tonal values are, why they are important, and how you can work with them in practice.

For me personally, tonal values really are the basis for my art – and especially for portraits. 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? Or is this a completely new concept to you? Let me know in a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

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.

The Online Summer Class version of Drawing in the Soul starts June 1. This format combines the ease of taking an online art class (doing the lessons from the comfort of your home), with the unique opportunity to get in-depth feedback and support in an interactive online environment.

This means that during the 12 weeks of this class I am available in the dedicated Facebook group to give in-depth feedback on your work, and to guide and support you in your learning process. The feedback can be provided in the form of written texts, but can also be illustrated with visuals, offering a unique and powerful way to learn and to hone your artistic skills.

Twelve weeks of learning, fun and support, together with a group of students and with a lot of personal guidance and feedback from me as the teacher!

Would you like to learn more about this class? Just click the button below.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this video. This past year I have been learning a lot more about values and it has helped me grow a great deal in my mixed media/acrylic portrait painting. I am very excited to start Drawing in the Soul. I actually heard about your course from Sabra Awlad Issa, whose class, Mixed Emotions, helped me grow so much. When she mentioned she had taken your Drawing in the Soul course, and I looked it up, I knew it would be a wonderful class for me in my portrait painting journey. 🙂

    1. Great to hear that working with values has helped you so much in your growth as an artist, Cyndy. It did (and still does!) for me too! And how awesome that you heard about Drawing in the Soul through Sabra. She’s one of my favorite artists and a great teacher, and it was really lovely to have her as a student in Drawing in the Soul. I’m so looking forward to starting this year’s Summer Class and it would be awesome to see you there!

  2. Hi Juna,
    Tonal values are really important in my artwork use them all the time althoug I need to learn a lot…
    Drawing with charcoal only I have find it quiet difficult to create enough different tonal values, so I need to work with willow charcoal, blend it, use compressed charcoal, different brands, white pastel end so on, sometimes when I use charcoal pencils the resulte disturbes me cause of the difference in tonal value, different black grades..
    I have learnt alot from the course The Many Faces. The techniques you use are great to create different tonal values on top of the structure already having tonal value.
    I work quiet free, do what I feel at the moment, but I have to learn that there are rules….that it is important to do it in the right following …important to use some techniques first and others later. When working completely free I felt that some techniques work not like I wanted cause of previous used thechniques, so I have to think how to make a list with do’s and don’ts kind a list with priorities let’s say a list from 1 to 10 or so.
    To be able to learn more I will certainly follow the Drawing in the Soul course!
    Thanks for the fantastic lessons!
    Kind Regards,
    Raf

    1. Thanks for your interesting comment Raf!

      Yes, personally I feel that it’s good to know the ‘rules’. When I know them and can work with them, then I can also break them. But it’s good to have the fundamentals down first.

      So glad that you find the lessons valuable Raf! I can’t wait to get started with Drawing in the Soul and look forward to having you in class! 🙂

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