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The Black & White to Color Challenge
posted by Belinda Del Pesco on Saturday Jul 30, 2011
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For this challenge, use the black and white window photo posted here. Drag the full size version to your desktop. (It's grainy, but that's good, because you won't be tempted to focus on details over values.) The challenge is to paint a color version of this image - in any color harmonies you'd like, but keep the values accurate.

For folks new to values, we're referring to the gradation between dark, mid-range, and light shades in a value scale. We've all seen and/or practiced values in black and white drawings and monochrome paintings, but translating value from black and white to full color demands a little practice (and a lot of squinting). Many new painters use color in their work, with not enough attention paid to values. For this exercise, use the black and white photo as a value map, and paint a color version of the same scene, squinting frequently to ensure the darkest areas in your painting match the darkest areas of the photo, and your mid-ranges are in sync with the mid-range values the photo, and your lightest lights are where the same bright spots are in the reference photo.

This value exercise gives you lots of room to play - both with your color choices, and loose & painterly vs tightly rendered representation. When you're almost finished with your painting, snap a photo of your work, and use imaging software to check it in black and white. Compare the monochrome photo of your painting to the reference photo, and this will help you see if your values are accurate. Make adjustments on your painting where necessary, and scan or photograph your finished results to post on the DPW Challenge page. We look forward to seeing the full color posts of your work!
 

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The Daily Paintworks Challenge

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The DPW Challenge is about sharing, learning, and fun.

Each challenge consists of an image - either a photo or a painting - and a description or instructions. In most cases, participating is as simple as submitting your version of the image.

Anyone can participate by submitting an entry to any challenge - there are no deadlines! You can even submit more than once to a challenge. Any 2D media is welcome and don't be afraid to interpret.

Only for the non-fundraising challenges, please be sure to follow the spirit and the letter of the challenge. For example, each submission must be painted after the challenge is posted!

Simply click on the challenge you want to enter, then click on the Submit to the Challenge! link on the challenge page, fill in the dialog form that appears, and upload an image no larger than 8 mb and at least between 300 to 500 pixels tall or wide.

As a bonus, even if you are not a member of DPW, your challenge entries will be displayed with prices and links for purchase, in addition to description, painting media, and size. So be sure to enter all the information so someone can buy your painting!

And, the best part is there are no fees or commissions. You will also be able to mark your painting as sold when someone does buy it.

Now, will you submit to the Challenge?

The Daily Paintworks Challenge

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To view and bid in the auction of any painting in this Fundraising Challenge, simply click on the painting's thumbnail.

Each participating artist has agreed to donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale, minus the shipping costs, as described in the fundraiser's description. Deatails on how each donation will be allocated can be found in each painting's description on the painting's auction page. If it is not, please feel free to contact the artist by clicking the Contact the Artist link on the painting's auction page.

While DPW manages the fundraiser and the auctions, the actual purchase is directly between you and the artist. At the end of the auction, a PayPal button will be made available by email and on the auction page itself. This is only meant to be a convenience - you and the artist are free to handle the payment in any way you both wish.

DPW will charge no fees in this fundraiser, however PayPal will charge the artist their normal fee if used for the purchase.

Thank you for your kind patronage and generosity.

The Daily Paintworks Challenge

To Submit an Entry, click here to sign in,
or click here to quickly register.

Submitting to a DPW Challenge is quick and easy.

There are no deadlines, and you can submit to any challenge as many times as you want.

When you click the Submit to the Challenge! link, simply fill out the dialog form that appears. After a quick spam screening, your submission will be posted on this page and available for other artists and potential buyers to see. Best of all, you don't have to sign up for anything and there are no fees or commissions.

The Entry Submission Dialog:

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Please be sure to follow the spirit and the letter of the challenge.
For example, each submission must be painted after the challenge is posted.

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