Drawing with Color Part 2: #4 Analogous

a

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.

b

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.

c

Find the complements to the analogous.

d

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.

e

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

f

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

g

Zoom in and enlarge.

h

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

i

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

k

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

l

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.

m

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