Friday, July 29, 2011

High Key vs. Low Key

"Oscar" - In Progress
Oil on Canvas, 6" sq., c. Catherine Vines
I started this painting by painting the darks first.
In the past I have made the mistake of starting a painting with medium tones and ending up with so light a painting I was forced to use pure white for highlights.
By painting the darks first, I am hoping to lower the key of the entire painting and make a more convincing portrait.
So far, my subject just has a really good tan.

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