Flat Value Study of Cartier-Bresson

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By robgale November 24, 2018

Using 4 basic values and a little bit of darkening in the details takes you a long way. Study of a photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Continuing in the vein of simple value studies, I took this photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson, the great 20th Century photographer, and tried to “replicate” it using only 4 main values, and some darker accents to help give things a little more depth. From here, if I were to try to take it to a finish, I would want to spend the majority of my time adding textures, refining the shapes, edges and transitions between the value shapes. It continues to amaze me at how far just a few simple, big abstract shapes and values takes us in creating a believable image.

The little numbers on my study on the right indicate the brightness values in photoshop, and I primarily used the lasso tool with fill and gradient fills for everything. 

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