For my Intro to Design class we’ve moved on to value, the relative lightness (black/white) of a color. Our current assignment is to draw a portrait in grayscale, using various symbols to create value. The strength, size, and proximity of the symbols control what value the end result is.
See how the symbols such as asterisks, smiley faces, dollar signs, swirls, Xs and Os determine the value of their respective sections? Up close we see them as individual pieces, but from afar we see the total image.