Thursday, August 2, 2012

Anatomy of a Miniature - Part Three

by: Richard Humphrey
Dedham Guild Member since 2011
Continuing on from Part II - In the following steps, we're going to attempt to achieve harmony 
and continuity in the piece. One way of achieving these effects is to add a bit of one color to all
the color mixtures, including the whites, used in the painting: in this case, Ceruean Blue. Now
remember, Cerulean Blue is an opaque paint. It's a strong mixer, so a little bit goes a long way. 
Picking up a bit of Titanium White, slightly tinted with a very small amount of the Cerulean Blue,
lightly skim the blade of a painting knife (in this case I'm using a small diamond-shaped knife)
down the right side of the mountain peaks. (See Photo 1)

Adding a touch more of the Cerulean Blue to the existing White-Blue mixture we just used, we'll
skim the shadow side of the peaks. We're looking for a value somewhere between the sky color
and the white. Using the very tip of the knife, we can create "texture" in the peaks. (See Photo 2)

By using either a Filbert or an Angle Shader soft hair brush, I'm blending some of the "white" downwards and across, to give a two-fold appearance of distant and mist. (See Photo 3) 

Allow this to dry completely before continuing on. Stay tuned for Parts Four and Five coming in

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