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Values are the most important part of the early development phase before adding color, because a lot of people start adding color

to an image before they have the values worked out.  Values are the amount of light and dark an image has, an example being,

objects nearest the viewer seem darker then objects further away, although there’s several variations on this rule.

If you’re image is holding up very strong without having any color at all, then you know when you do add color it’s going to

be phenonemal because the proper values are in place, and color will accompy these vales perfectly.

A quick trick to make sure the values are on track is to minimize your image to a small dimentsions and see if your image still reads, with the values in place.

The best way to have your values is with a dark forground, middle half darker and lighter background, it helps you layer your image nicely to gcreate the nice depth

you can add many shades that you like but to keep it simple at first its suggested you stick with just a few value tones.  you

wbe surprised how many combinations of scenes you can make.

Step 3

Start laying down color,  you have to decide on a color pallete to fit with the theme of your image, you can use phoographs and

lay them over top of your sketch and lower the opacity or blur them to lay down some quick color schemes, mainly if your using

photographs the colors already work together.  There is a lot to learn about color theory,k yo ushould just go with a few colors

to start off with you dont want to get too overwhelmed when your starting out.  The general rule is to pick colorss on the opposite end of the color wheel, known as complimentary colors.

you can use a lot of blue and dark colors to simulate cold dark environnments and bright orange and yellow colors to highlight sunlight and other warm temperatures.

Step 4

This is the stage where you start to look at the lighting setup.  Do you want to highlight a particular part of your image and show other

parts on the low lighting to you.There sould gernerally be aprimary light source to use as your focal light source, then use a secondary light source to fill in the less lit up area

The lighting can really make your image pop out and shouw some dramatic feeling, and add some really cool effects that will help it po.

Step 5

Start working up the details and also start to focus on the secorary focal points like the background.  Then you can

start to make things sharper and more compact to get things all cleared up to be finalized,.

Step 6

Make sure the perspective and composotion works really well by flipping your image back and forth every now and then it will allow you

to spot mistakes that you wouldnt gertnally notice otherwise. Work on fine details so you can finally  ake the final image

very polished

Step 7

Finialize the image and use post production software like Photoshop to touch up and do extra effects