Start with simplified shapes of tone:Where are the highlights, mid-tones, and shadows?
You can leave defined shapes of highlight,mid-tone, and shadow, or you can blend them together using a clean brush.
Always paintlarge shapes of color first! Include yourhighlights, mid-tones, and shadows!Wait until this layer is dry, then add small shapes anddetails on the next layer.
You may choose to tone your canvas with a sepia wash for a warmer look.You can create a grisaille, or tonal study in sepia, before you add a local color layer.
Continue adding highlights and shadows to each shape of local color... ...until you havecreated a wide range oftones and hues. Checkto make sure you have areas that are bright white, as well as deep, dark shadows.
Use warm tones in highlights, and cool tones in shadows.This technique can be used with highly saturated colors,like the painting on the left, or with subdued tones, like the ones in the Lucien Freud painting on the right.
No two people will ever paint in exactly the same style!These tips are suggestions and guidelines- you’ll find the process that works best for you!Don’t worry if your painting looks quite different from your classmate’s work- it’s natural-and that’s what makes your work unique!