Artists and designers can use this value scale:
Mixing a colour of the correct value can be tricky, especially because values are judged in terms of surrounding values. In a typical case, an artist might start a portrait on a blank white canvas. The value of Caucasion skin is about N7.0, so it should be painted at about this value when seen in light. The correct colour will appear too dark against a white canvas (whose value is probably about N9.8), but will appear correct when the rest of the canvas is painted. In this case, an artist can use the value scale to mix a flesh tone of value N7.0, rather than try to judge the value against a white background. Similarly, a moderately dark shadow tone for skin might have value N4.0, while a very dark tone might have value N2.0. Colours of these values can be pre-mixed with the value scale.
The following figure shows how to find the value of a paint mixture:
This value scale is available on Ebay, for $10. It should be a handy tool for any artist's studio or designer's workshop.
|Applications To Art||Colour Science|
|Colour Tools For Painters||The Geometry of Colour|
|Munsell Colour System||Colour Science Papers|
|An Affordable Munsell Book||The Munsell and Kubelka-Munk Toolbox|
|A Munsell-Accurate Value Scale||Munsell Resources|
|Colour Analysis of Pastels|
|The ISCC-NBS Colour System|