Monday, 29 February 2016

Lesson No.10 - How to Give Black Depth in Oils

Black tends to be very flat on it's own, so I usually mix Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red and a dot of Lemon Yellow for the darks first.  This allows for colourful darks and highlights.  To create depth in the fur, I then use a black with a bit of Ultramarine mixed into it.  Black also reflects background colours, so I used my background colours in my highlights.  The hair on the cat's back is done in a mid-tone dark Pthalo Blue to indicate the curve of his back.

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