Values in Charcoal
Black and white no matter if it’s paint, pencil or charcoal reinforces the need for variety in values. Too much of one value makes for a dull and flat drawing, not only among the objects in the sketch but also to give realism and form to the objects.
Drawing 1: This was just a fast sketch but it shows the lack of depth because there is very little variety in the values from dark to light.
Drawing 2: This drawing has a complete set of values to make it interesting and realistic. The objects in the drawing have some form.
A Value Chart:
The chart shows the range of values for black and white art. Someone described the lack of value to the lack of a tune for music. Value in art makes us see or understand the objects in the picture. Value is true for color as well.
Paintings A, B and C:
Painting A has limited values yet in Painting B in black and white shows very dark to some lighter areas in the back and the front. In Painting C the values were lightened to show a more flat image yet you can still see the light in the background and dark under the leaves and the tree trunks. Values separate and defines objects and gives the trees form. Therefore, a variety of value makes interesting art. Painting B would ideally have some lighter values to really pop the light in the background. Painting D ideally would have some darker values to pop it. If you convert your paintings to black and white you should see this more clearly.