here's the same color study principle being used, but with a more purple
color scheme (left), a brown-reddish color scheme (center), and with
more subdued umbers (right). They look just fine - they don't look overworked,
or too drab. And yet only a FEW colors were actually used. Sometimes,
simple is better, and less is more. Don't think that you have
to use every color in your paint box for each painting. You don't.
will mention right here, before I go any further, I am not a big fan
of the use of straight black in color mixing. The straight black that
was used in the previous color studies "doesn't count," because
the black is limited to the underlying ink sketch. I wasn't trying to
blend a black color in with the other colors.
my opinion, a major problem with many newbie artworks is that they go
crazy trying to mix the black color with all the other colors. So often
when people mix black paint with other colors, all they end up doing
is giving every other color a grayish, muddy tone. And then the whole
painting looks gray and muddy. Not very attractive.
not saying that you can't get a good painting if you use the black tube
of paint, though. I'm just saying that it can be a HUGE stumbling block
for many artists, especially newbie artists. An artist needs to understand
how to use the black paint properly. Helen
Van Wyk's Color Mixing book will help teach you how to do that.
Basically, you can't just mix black with everything that needs to be
darker, and think it'll look OK. It probably won't. Other colors might
need to be mixed in also. Or, sometimes the black paint isn't the appropriate
choice for darkening certain colors.
is tricky. Personally, I have just gotten used to not using it, and
I don't miss it. My first art teacher, (Shirlee Prescott Morgan) taught all
her students not to use black. (Since her paintings had the most vibrant
and beautiful color in them that I'd ever seen, I was inclined to follow
I'll conclude the "black paint" tangent now, and continue
with the tutorial!
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