Here is a bit of background information. I am currently working on 2 large, (at least the largest I have worked),
paintings at the moment. One is a traditional oil painting, the other is a digital painting that will be on a light box,
both will be displayed as a diptych in a show of my work, date to be announced sometime with in the next year.
The college I am attending has given me a large grant to work throughout the summer.
I am currently working on the Oil painting I'm not very far In but I am running into problems with the color pallet that I would like to achieve.
I would really like to get some feed back from other oil painters, but any and all comments are welcome.
I hope that by posting this I can reach the desired pallet, and in the process provide others with information/ guidance and help others learn from my mistakes and work.
Some objectives I have in mind while working on these paintings.
- Work on keeping a better control of the pallet and overall color scheme of the piece
- Maintain a smooth transition of representation to abstract symbolism
- Express a visual language closer to that of how I draw
So Right now my current objective is to really focus on fixing up the pallet to achieve a result closer to the reference.
I'm fully aware!!! the the progress of the painting Is absolutely horrendous. There was a quick gray scale value map that I started with just for the general placement
of the facial features and such but my painting professor has pretty much drilled into my head to not overly worry about the value map, for multiple reasons. While I do understand much of his logic
I'm more interested in a more atelier approach, which seems to have a very studied exactness at every stage... anyways
Now from studying the reference compared to my current pallet, I'm seeing that even though I thought my color
pallet was de-saturated enough It still has a very greenish and yellowish tint. The flesh tones seems to get more
saturated near the shadows and needs to move to a warmer purple hue. Another obvious problem is that the darkest
color within the painting is a very saturated blue, even though its of the right value the saturation is pulling it towards
a brighter value and is really flattening out the shadows.
*My current coarse of action Is to wipe down the surface let it tack up, and work on removing more saturation from the face.
I have 2 main concerns.
1. While mixing oils, removing the saturation of the colors they all seem to become a blue-ish tint, I would assume that
because there is a blueish green tint to the canvas that they would appear warmer, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
2. My second and maybe bigger concern is that by removing the saturation from the face my models flesh will look very deadish,
and while the reference isn't the warmest flesh in the world it still looks living.
Thank you for reading and any comments in advance..
I am also posting other images that are inspiration, reference and some of my own work that will go into the piece.
Reference and inspiration
1.Color pallet for face
2. Reference for colors for hands with hard light behind
3. I really like how the skin glows in these.
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