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Color Mixing & The Art of Tone Value & Scheme
We saved some of our most exciting articles on pastel painting for the final issue of the year! We’re talking impressionist-inspired pastel landscapes full of dazzling color, courtesy of Victor Richardson. Genre-bending portraits that come by way of Rubén Belloso. The perfect painting atmosphere, created by none other than Matthew Draper. Plus, creative resources galore.
As pastelists, most of us are encouraged to arrange our pastel sticks with some sort of purpose similar to our wet media comrades. Many segregate by color family, others by value, and some (myself included) utilize a system similar to the chromatic palette, placing colors to represent the color wheel in a value range from light to dark. I make one addition: a section devoted to neutrals (colors that are less intense in appearance). Until recently, this would take considerable effort to achieve. But now, there is available a new set of pastels that is organized in a traditional manner—by hue, value and intensity.
Today’s demonstration is excerpted from Chris Saper’s Classic Portrait Painting in Oils, which teaches readers great oil painting techniques to capture a variety of skin tones. In this lesson, she shares her tips on how to paint a portrait of …
Learn about the various artists’ pigments used to create the color black. Don’t hesitate to paint with black to achieve the richest, darkest values in your paintings. Choose from this list of black paint pigments provided by artist Koo Schadler.