Wednesday, October 15, 2014
You can see how well the colors are mixing now that all that black is gone. And that's how it would really be in Nature. I love the color of the background. I love grey. My friends probably think I'm crazy because, yes, I do wear a lot of neutral colors. But you see, pure saturated colors pop off a neutral gray; when I paint traditionally, I mix my colors against a grey palette. I'll never paint without that. It's a tablet of small sheets of grey called Grey Matters Paper Palette (Jack Richeson & Co. Inc) and what works with traditional will work with digital.
Now that I've already worked out a drawing I really like, have a "schematic" for my lights and darks (which I refer to all the time to make sure I capture the original intent of the black and white and I do have that version up all the time to reference when I apply the color), all I have to do is choose my saturated color shadows and continue to render everything in color. I know better what to expect and the illustration does not "run away from me" because I am wrestling with everything all at once.