In this series we will be making a pet portrait in oils. In this session we will be figuring out the basic colours in the piece and patching them on in a loose manner.
- Brushes (one medium and one small)
- Solvent (mineral spirits etc.)
- Linseed Oil
- Palette Cup
- Titanium White
- Ivory Black
- Burnt Umber
- Raw Umber
- Cadmium Red
- Cadmium Yellow
- Begin by working over the shadow tones established during the wash drawing stage.
- Start by putting pure black in the darkest parts, then use burnt umber mixed with gradually more of the cadmiums to make up lighter shadow colours.
- Next you can start to mix up the darker halftones, working your way towards the lightest parts.
- You can use a bit of the medium to dilute the halftones.
- Try to keep the brushwork as simple and loose as possible.
- Finally you can mix up the lightest tones.
- Patch them on more thickly than the halftones and shadows.
- If necessary you can use the smaller brush to have a bit more control over the details.