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Writing, Illustrating & Publishing => Illustrating => Topic started by: elizabeth-gismondi on February 10, 2015, 01:16 PM

Title: Color
Post by: elizabeth-gismondi on February 10, 2015, 01:16 PM
Hey all,

This is probably a very amateurish question, but I've always wondered how certain artists capture a colored light quality in their work. Kelly Murphy comes to mind as the best example (she's one of my favorite illustrators), but I've seen a variety of illustrators achieve this effect as well and I tend to gravitate toward their work. Is it a colored underpainting (i.e., laying in lighter colors so that some of the color shows through in everything on the page), a glaze of the preferred color afterwards, or mixing a little of that color into all of the other colors applied (probably the most time consuming of the three)?

Here is the type of effect I'm talking about:

I've painted a night scene before and went about it the third way mentioned above. It seems like there must be a better, more consistent way of achieving the same effect!

:-) Beth
Title: Re: Color
Post by: Steve Feldman on February 11, 2015, 08:15 AM
You might try a painting using a very limited color palette.
Title: Re: Color
Post by: Benlin Alexander on February 11, 2015, 09:43 AM
Covering you entire page with the base color you want helps set that up effectively. In other words, don't start with a white piece of paper because then your light will be white. But if you change that white to a light blue, like the example you showed, then the brightest color will be blue and it will cover all aspects of the painting.

Does that make sense?
Title: Re: Color
Post by: Artemesia on February 11, 2015, 10:08 AM
That makes sense to me. A blue underpainting is probably how I'd do it, too, I think.
Title: Re: Color
Post by: Wendy Martin on February 11, 2015, 10:35 AM
Underpainting is the best way to achieve a glowing light. And you know the saying about how to get to Carnegie Hall? That, too. ;)
Title: Re: Color
Post by: elizabeth-gismondi on February 20, 2015, 10:31 AM
Ha, Wendy! Thanks for the advice, everyone!
Title: Re: Color
Post by: R. LaFille on February 24, 2015, 06:27 PM
What medium are you using to paint? Every medium has different methods.

Gurney Journey has some awesome posts about how colored light will affect your colors:
Title: Re: Color
Post by: elizabeth-gismondi on April 03, 2015, 11:28 AM
I usually work in acryla gouache. I will check out Gurney Journey. Thanks!
Title: Re: Color
Post by: marla-lesage on April 04, 2015, 06:19 AM
In the painting you linked to, I'd say she used a very light blue-green tone for the whites plus an overall very limited palette: blue-green & red.