Playing with color

I have a few days off this week, but the work doesn’t stop.

I spent most of the day working on this study for a larger painting that I want to do. I thought that I would practice the technique I learned in a painting class I took in the spring, where you set up the painting by over-exaggerating the colors in light and shadow and then paint your way out of it. The instructor called it a color study. I think the whole point is for me to achieve colors that look like actual skintones by the end of the painting, but so far when I’ve tried the technique I keep ending up with these rainbow tones. Doesn’t look bad though! But for the big one, I think I’m going to try to push the colors a bit further so I’ll end up with some colors that look a little less saturated and more like some skintones.

Here’s the progression:

Anyone try this particular color study technique before? Feel free to leave feedback!

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Homework for this week

So I decided to do a self-portrait for my homework assignment. Danni said that achieving a likeness shouldn’t be the goal, and I think I may have taken that too literally! I don’t think it looks like me at all. I didn’t start off with a strong enough drawing this time and I think it shows. I was so focused on doing better than I did last week, which meant laying thicker paint down, mixing better colors, and painting faster (I had a 2-hour time limit). I do think that I did better this time around, but I wish I was able to push it further. Maybe that’s something I can do next week on my own time. Anyway, here’s a look! (Sorry for the picture quality! I didn’t have my real camera on me, so I had to use my phone.)