6 Build­ing colour and tone

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth Acrylic Washes -

I re­peat this process, grad­u­ally build­ing lay­ers of colour. Each layer is a very slight devel­op­ment on the last, cre­at­ing denser colour and tone. As the process con­tin­ues I can re­fine ar­eas more. When I want to cre­ate a harder edge I will paint an area with wa­ter first and then ap­ply the wash, let­ting the paint run into the wa­ter and along the edge.

Work­ing wet on wet pro­duces sub­tle blends. I en­joy the soft­ness this gives, but if I want to stop the paint run­ning into an area I’ll use a hair dryer to dry ar­eas as I’m work­ing. I don’t worry about the drips – they’re part of the fun – but if they do in­ter­fere with some­thing I will lift them with the brush or wash them off with the wa­ter spray.

Now that I’m happy with how the washes are pro­gress­ing, I want to give the paint­ing some form. I’ve aimed for an over­all mid-tone at this stage and now I’ll work with a denser mix of paint, us­ing a se­lec­tion of long-han­dled brushes to start to es­tab­lish darker ar­eas, en­hance con­trast and bring out key forms and shapes.

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