This 1947 illustration by Tom Lovell for True Magazine was for an article called "Extra Corpse in the Graveyard." It's a good image to study for color and composition.
Color and Value
• You could probably paint this with Venetian red, viridian, and white, maybe with a touch of raw umber and yellow ochre.
• Note the grouping of tones in the white gravestones and the simplicity of the grassy ground texture.
• Tones are also grouped in the dark background trees and in the shadowed foreground grasses.
• Except for the walking figure, all the other key elements are cropped intriguingly: the arm, the gravestone with its fragmentary name, and the white gravestone on the right.
• This design is not an obvious one, and I would guess that Lovell arrived at this composition after doing a lot of tonal thumbnails in pencil.
• Positioning the hand in the extreme foreground also places viewer in the grave and in the path of discovery.
Books: Tom Lovell-Illustrator
The Art of Tom Lovell: An Invitation to History
Tom Lovell : Storyteller with a Brush