Sunday, June 24, 2012
One Step Back, Two Steps Forward
I think the problem I had with conceptualizing my color digitally was that I had no idea which tubes of paint that I was going to use, so that when it was time to mix paint, I rushed the process and ultimately, gave up. The result was a palette that was incredibly limited and resulted in a rubbery, unrealistic rendering. I took the time to make two more color concepts in oil paint and after a (another) failed first attempt, found what I was looking for. Not pictured, but certainly an important part of the process, is the palette on which I was mixing my paint. As time-consuming as it was, I mixed a broad range of colors that matched the color gamut I had previously mapped. From that, I painted a complete color concept, keeping track of the colors I was using most frequently in the boxes bellow the painting. After that, I re-mixed only the colors in the boxes. Let me tell you, it was much easier to paint after that.
1. A transparent wash of neutral grey, thinned with solvent
2. Blocking in my "darks" or shadows
3. Blocking in more darks
4. Starting to blend
5. Adding more darks/lights and blending further
6. Repeat step 5.