In this series we will be creating a monochrome study in acrylics. This is a great exercise as the materials are basic and easy to get hold of – so you can get used to using brushes and mixing paint in a simple manner.
In this session we will be neatening up the edges of the shapes and starting to add more 3D form.
- Begin by sharpening up the edges of all the forms.
- Match the colours that you mixed last session.
- Keep working in multiple passes as the acrylic will likely be pretty transparent.
- Once the edges of the forms have been neatened and the tones are flatter you can start making the forms more 3D.
- Add halftones between the lights and darker tones to create softer, more believable transitions.
- Focus on a sense of texture (note how the brass pot is more contrasty, so it looks shinier).
These are the materials you will need:
- Small panel, canvas or piece of acrylic paper to paint on
- Range of small to medium brushes
- White acrylic paint
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Pot (for water)