"Whatever your medium, values make your design," says artist and workshop instructor Michael Chesley Johnson. So how can you keep your lights and darks on track throughout the painting process? Try a grisaille underpainting. Johnson explains how with a pastel painting demonstration he created for the Brushing Up column in the July/August 2008 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Click here for a free a downloadable PDF of the article.
Then see the December 2008 issue of The Artist’s Magazine for Johnson’s follow-up article, "Perk Up Your Color." Learn how a complementary underpainting can enliven dull color.