Painting into a wet underpainting

Head-illustration-in-blue-underpaint

In the book ‘Creative Illustration’ by Andrew Loomis there is an interesting  theory about color relations.

In short, he explains that by mixing a little of one color into all the other colors on the palette, the colors become related and a harmonious painting is automatically the result.

Instead of mixing on the palette you can also paint directly into a wet underpainting.  I tested out this technique and copied one of the four example portraits from the book.

I covered the whole canvas with a thin layer of blue, into which I painted all the other colors.

 

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