Here are a couple of value studies that I did recently. Earlier this year, I started studying Charles Reid's painting method as demonstrated in his book "Portrait Painting in Watercolor". The book has you start with simple monochrome sketches. These represent my early tries at complete portraits on my own, using references pictures from Sktchy. I still need a lot of practice, especially in making my darks darker, but I have to say that I'm really excited about how these turned out. Although I love playing with lots of different colors, I discovered that I rather enjoy making these monochrome paintings. I'm sure that I'll be doing many more!