Wednesday, 24 May 2017
I've brushed in all of my neck tones and hues, marking out the shadows as I go. The light is coming from Kace's left, therefore the neck overall will be darker than the face. Shadows still have all the different tones and hues as in the light areas, only darker. If you look carefully, some shadows are more red/purple and some more blue/purple.
With my basic mix of flesh tones, I add purple to some of it to make up my shadow colours. I use Ultramarine Blue and Scarlet, and Permanent Rose if I want a bright purple. As the shadow comes away from the object i.e. the face, it becomes lighter with more colour.
Don't forget about reflective light in shadows. The shirt Kace is wearing is maroon, so under the shirt is an orange/maroon highlight. Also on his right is a blue reflective light from the blue collar.
Monday, 15 May 2017
I am continuing to cover the unpainted sections of the face with my selected colours, still experimenting with different tones and hues.
My tip for today is to leave your palette in the freezer when not in use - even if you stop painting for an hour. Here in sunny Queensland, the oils dry out so quickly. As you can see, I have a whole range of colours and tones made up.
Now, I don't spend time mixing new colours every day, and it also saves a lot of money in oils.
So I can continue painting where I left off as if I had never left it.
Monday, 8 May 2017
For flesh tones I always use Scarlet Lake, Permanent Rose, Cadmium Lemon, Pthalo Green and Ultramarine Blue. I added a few more colours for the kids' clothes and all these colours will be incorporated into the background as well.
Starting with the eyes, I try to cover the whole face with different tones and hues in a thin coat of paint. In this way I can experiment with colour and find the right tones in the right areas before seriously painting the face.
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Monday, 1 May 2017
After all that rubbing out and re-drawing, I painted over the mistakes with gesso to help clean it up. Now it's time to paint at last!