Glaz­ing tech­niques

Anand Rad­hakr­ish­nan’s tips.

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A glaze refers to a thin and trans­par­ent layer on a paint­ing that af­fects the ap­pear­ance of the un­der­ly­ing layer. This change in ap­pear­ance could be in hue, value, tex­ture or a com­bi­na­tion of all three.

As such, glaz­ing is the sec­ond of the two-part paint­ing process where lay­ers of paint are ap­plied thinly on an un­der­paint­ing, usu­ally done to add colour to an achro­matic or monochro­matic un­der­paint­ing. It’s sim­i­lar to plac­ing a coloured Cel­lo­phane sheet over a black and white pho­to­graph.

There are two main rea­sons why glaz­ing is pop­u­lar among artists. The first is bril­liance and lu­mi­nos­ity. Be­cause it in­volves ap­ply­ing colour di­rectly with­out the ad­di­tion of white to make it opaque, the colours are more sat­u­rated and ap­pear brighter on the can­vas. In ad­di­tion, it pro­vides a glow to the paint­ing.

Sec­ond, un­der­paint­ing en­ables you to break down value and colour. Be­cause glaz­ing deals with colour and doesn’t af­fect the value to a large de­gree, the fin­ished paint­ing of­ten stays loyal to the tonal schemes of the un­der­ly­ing opaque lay­ers. In many ways, glazes work like the Mul­ti­ply layer in Pho­to­shop, adding trans­par­ent lay­ers with the un­der­ly­ing im­age show­ing through to a large ex­tent.

Anand is a free­lance il­lus­tra­tor who lives and works in Mumbai and has re­cently ex­plored the world of sci-fi and fan­tasy il­lus­tra­tion. You can see more of his art by vis­it­ing www.be­hance.net/anan­drk.

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