I know, I know, you've heard me say this before.
And trust me, you'll hear me say it all again. But only because it's that important.
Yes it is. Trust me.
Use it and you'll be happier. And seriously, who doesn't enjoy "playing" with the different colors you can make on your palette? That's just straight up fun.
Is it blue, or light blue-green? Is it gray, or dark purple-ish gray?
Value, value, value. Pay attention to lights and darks - which means using black and a lot of white.
More values = more contrast = a happier painting = a happier Smithy = a better grade for you = happier parental units = a happier you because they will applaud you and give you stuff.
See, it works out for all of us!
Work from back to front.
It's easier to paint the stuff that is overlapping after you've painted the stuff that is being overlapped.
Texture. Use it, but not really.,
As in, give us "implied" texture, not actual "physical" paint texture.
We talked about the toothbrush for splatter today, and we'll deal with a sponge later.
Just don't. Really ... DON'T paint in outlines.
We'll discuss how to deal with certain edges and more implied textures later.
Study Drawings for Set 2
There is one study drawing that asks you to do a tempera painting with gradations of tints & shades.
First, note that it says gradations, which means more than one - since it's plural and all.
These are just like in the project you are currently working on with the exception that they do not need to be complementary colors. But I do want to see at least two value scales.
And again, just like in the project, they need to have at least 7 different values - light to dark.
I don't care what the subject is for the painting.
If you don't remember when these are due, check here.