|Fig 1 The four figures to the right are bathed in sunlight.
The two on the left are in semi-shade. The light slants across the table.
I want to highlight the body language of the people involved so I will
use high dramatic contrast(chiaroscuro). I will allow deep shadow to creep
across behind the right hand four. (Fig 2)To create the reverse effect
behind the other two figures I will use the light slanting across the table
to create the higher values on the tiles behind. The woman feeding the
child and the man in the red coat (dark against light) are the reverse
of the four others who are light against dark. I will use a white bonnet
for the woman feeding the child as it will help define here head position.
Fig 3 Here then is this secondary layer with the nude added. Notice
how I have already set up some dark forms that I will use against the next
band of light.
Fig 4&5 I include an artist in this next band of highlights -and
since he is painting a picture I can use the picture in two ways. a) high
(light blue)value to define the artist's head and dark to define his shoulders.
b) I also place the easel against a darker passage for my next line of
shadows thereby adding extra depth.