The challenge is to paint on top of a landscape photo, using just four tones. Practice grouping the compositions into four tones by thinking about the light source.
- So we've seen how you can split an image into…simple tones and still create a pretty good sense of realism…without any color or any brush variation.…So, I want to challenge you to paint on top of…a full color photograph using just four block tones.…You will have to make a decision on how dark or light…a color is within the scene and which gray…is going to be closest to it.…And this practice forces you to simplify areas…that you might normally get caught up in the detail…as you've only got four choices.…
So, choose your gray by thinking about the light source.…Look for those large shapes of light and dark…to get you started,…and then question logically how would the light…be falling in this scene.…And then you can begin to place your mid tones.…Sometimes, when you make your first judgment with the grays…as you then progress them further along in the painting…you'll see that that first judgment was out…and you would then have to paint over again.…That it is absolutely fine.…
That's all part of the process of developing your eye…
- Painting color and light with acrylics
- Observing different lighting conditions
- Choosing the right materials and brush size
- Adding texture onto the canvas
- Drawing architecture accurately using verticals and scaling up
- Judging color in isolation to mix harmonious color strings
- Practicing line variation with the rigger brush
- Adding fine lines for architectural detail
- Painting water
- Thinking abstractly to create impressionistic brush marks
- Increasing color saturation
- Injecting a warmth and glow by glazing
- Adding an impressionistic flair with a palette knife
Skill Level Intermediate
Drawing Foundations: Urban Sketchingwith Will Kemp3h 28m Intermediate
1. Materials and Setup
2. Drawing Out and Black and White Study
3. Mixing Pastel Base Colors
4. Extending Our Color Palette
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