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Here is an example of a small value/design study I did using sharpie marker and 6B graphite pencil. It is a scene of a Paris street I shot in summer 2012. I was taught by Frank Webb and others to do these little studies for every subject, to help work out the major shapes and values, before attempting a painting. Design is a good thing in art, and often heads off major problems that one may encounter when diving right into a painting.