The 3x3x3 Technique: https://youtu.be/GknaT6QeFpI
1. For DRAWING:
Divide the overall picture/object into 3 (or 4)simple shapes. Continue breaking these shape further by divide each one to another 3 (or 4) smaller shape. Repeat as needed.
2. For Block-in:
Start painting with just 3 piles of values (use for each major object of your painting. You would mix 3 different value piles for the shirt,hair..and so on.
3. For Paint Application:
In order to build up a decent amount of paint on your work, you must NOT swirl your brush around non-purposefully (and I’ve seen a lot of people keep doing it. Blending is fine, as long as you know why & how you move your brush). Keep the above value separate with each stroke. Apply no more than 3 strokes per loading. In order to do this effectively, you must think about the shape & size the plane you wish to paint before touching your picture. Load the brush with enough paint, then apply 3 separate stroke to achieve that shape. Wipe the brush off and repeat.
Organize my way of thinking like this simply my painting process.
- First, use only 3-4 values to build simple shapes.
- Then, use the intermediate values to break these shapes to planes.
- Next, break these planes into many more by alter their color temperature. Repeat if needed.
Khanh N. Huynh, MD