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Have You Tried a Black and White Underpainting?

Posted On: Mar 2, 2021   |   Posted By: Kem Studios

Have You Tried a Black and White Underpainting?

'Forest Magic' 10x8 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $275
A black and white underpainting was an unexpected delight. I have been working with 3 and 4 value thumbnails and underpaintings but I decided to limit them to just two values. It suited my dramatic subject.
You may have heard the quotes about value...my two favorites are:
"Value does the work but Color gets the Glory""Value gives the form and Color provides the emotion"
If we can just get the values right then we can use any color and the picture will look correct. Easy enough? Not always. Just what does it mean to "get the right value"? First we need to be able to see the values in our subject. Next we need to block in our paintings with a strong value map. We need to see the correct value and put them in the right place taking care not to be too spotty.
For today's painting I decided to make a strong value underpainting using a two value thumbnail using just black and white It was the perfect choice to allow me to capture the drama of the...

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