Tuesday, 8 June 2010

One in the Hand

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Time to start something new.  I feel a great need for colour right now and to practise working in something other than flesh tones.

Off to the right is the start of my palette.  It's not a comprehensive guide and will grow as I "feel" out what colours I'll need.  I put down a basic colour or two and then compare it to the photo.  I adjust as needed multiple times and thus accounting for the various layers in the finished work.

Example:  the arm was started with a light layer of cream then deco pink on that then light peach.  It looked too peachy so another layer of pink.  Then it looked like it was more purple in the picture so I added a layer of greyed lavender.  Then it needed more pink in some spots and peach in others and a cloud blue in the dips in the flesh.  You keep building on the previous layers as they are transparent and show through until you hit just the right value, tone and hue.  I can do this more easily with coloured pencil but paints are definitely a work in progress!  Now this fellow is a chanllenge and may make my eyes go buggy so I suspect he will be worked in small parts divided up by many, many breaks.

5 comments:

Mike'itect said...

Frog into prince, it's all in the color, (colour in U.K.).

Serena said...

You are off to a great start and I'm sure you will do swimmingly well with the rest of it ~ :)

Kurt said...

I don't see the Taj Mahal in there.

Megan said...

That's utterly fascinating. Seriously.

tony said...

Like Life I Suppose.We Try To Add More Colour With Plenty Of Breaks InBetween........