Drawing with Color Part 2: #4 Analogous


Choose a subject and find an analogous combination which supports its dominant color/s.  An analogous combination contains colors next to each other on the wheel and only one primary. Shown  here are yellow-green, yellow (primary), yellow-orange and orange.


Include tints, tones and shades if possible.  Blend them into each other horizontally. Blend tones and shades vertically. Make tones by finding a suitable stick or mixing gray with the pure color.


Find the complements to the analogous.


Blend together. Add tints. Use a soft white to make tints and or use stick tints of colors.  Blend using sticks and soft cloth. note: I did not use any fixative in this process.


Choose a color from your initial analogous combination to tone the page.  Consider your subject; what do you want to emphasize or accentuate.


Sketch in the general shapes, measure proportions. Use a pastel pencil or nupastel stick.


Zoom in and enlarge.


Lay in background tints, darks and whatever strikes you.  Let the tone of the paper come through as a middle value.


Layer in local colors. Refine the drawing as you proceed. Blend choice areas with a soft cloth and fix.


Maintain your initial palette and expand the range of each color.


Complete the process with soft tints for highlights and back-lit areas.  Lightly fix so as not to diminish white chalk. If you loose light areas re establish them and lightly fix again.


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