In our classes we learn that the key to making a two-dimensional object look three-dimensional it to get the lights and darks right. I’ve posted a couple of tutorial regarding values: The Role of Values in Your Paintings and Using The Values of Your Inks (Colors, Hues).
I’ve created a video to show you how to create quick swatches of values for a couple of inks (Stream and Pinata Calabaza). This was inspired by a lovely video by esperoart creating tonal (value) swatches with watercolors and I wanted to see if I could do it with inks and how.
Here are two different grayscales. I use the one with 0 as white. I punch holes in the middle to match them up.
Here are the results of the experiment with Stream (Adirondack) and Calabaza (Pinata) inks.
If you decide to try and make some swatches, please post so we can share.