Sunday, January 25, 2009

Painting the colourful way - Round study

I decided to use an orange for my colour study.

This is on the reverse side of a cream Ingres paper, A4 size. And yes, the shape of the orange is a bit squashed.

I forgot to say that we are using a limited range of pastels for this workshop so it is economical too.

Step 1

Laying in the blocks of colour to differentiate the lights from the darks, using warm colours for the lights and cool colours for the shadow areas, but not using local colour.

Step 2

Making it 'look real' by adding additional colour and using local colour where necessary.

No detail at this stage.

Step 3

Adding more colours to the masses to add form to the shape and to show the different light planes and including some reflected lights.

Also layering warm colours on cool colors and vice versa to add depth where necessary

Step 4

Adding more colour - dividing up the masses even more to show all the lights, darks and colours.
Also adding details as necessary.

The use of broken colour shows the under layers and adds depth. This could do with a little more work, to add some of the horizontal banding that could be seen and a more gradual blending of the colour areas.

The finished result shines with light.

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