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Values are as important as color when creating realistic colored pencil drawings. The traditional way to achieve a dark shadow is to add black. However, another way to achieve richer shadows is to add the complementary color instead of black. Underpainting with complements was highlighted in Arlene Steinberg’s book Masterful Color. In this class, you will learn how rich, vibrant color and values can be achieved with colored pencils.
What You’ll Learn:
- Students will learn how to create an underpainting that will give a “roadmap” to creating a finished drawing
- They will learn the best ways to layer and mix color to achieve realistic results and how using complements can create richer values
- They will start by creating a green underpainting that will become a red tomato and from there, progress into creating grays without gray pencils and learning and how to see and draw all the colors in white objects.
- The class will finish off by learning about glass and reflections.
Who should take this course:
- Artists with a beginning knowledge of colored pencil drawing techniques
- Experienced colored pencil artists who want to expand and learn new techniques
ART SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:
- Wax-based colored pencils
- Colorless blender pencils
- Stonehenge paper or hot press watercolor paper.
- Electric pencil sharpener
- Kneaded eraser or mounting putty
- Cotton makeup pads
- Pencil lengtheners
- Drawing board
- Desk brush or Swifter duster
- Light source
- Read Chapters 1 and 3 in Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg.
- Chapter 4; Underpainting for Reds (page 50)
- Browse through the rest of Chapter 4 in Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg.
- Grays Without Gray Pencils (page 71) (Extra; Find a gray object and draw it without using gray pencils)
- Read Chapter 2 in Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg.
- Colorful Whites and Blacks (page 66)
- Read Chapter 7 in Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg.
- Complete the Marbles exercise
All assignments should be scanned, or photographed at full size, at 72 dpi or better, jpeg.