Thursday, November 15, 2012

Monochromatic Color

It is easier to concentrate on values when you don't have to worry about color choices at the same time.  In "Race to the Cuckolds", I decided to use a couple of  blues to depict the sky and water, and to carve out the sails of the sloops.  I'm still using the darks to surround the carved out light shapes and force the light shapes.  Adding a few textural strokes helped suggest the action in the scene.

By eliminating the color complications, it was easier to concentrate on the values and textures.  Try a monochromatic palette to simplify your composition.

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