Complementary Dog

November 16th, 2008

Digital painting can lead to bad habits. When you have a palette of millions of colors to choose from, you don’t always make particularly good color choices. It’s better to limit yourself to a set of colors and work using traditional color painting methods.

So for this one, I’ve limited myself to four colors, and two of those are black and white. There’s aqua and its complementary brick red (complementary colors are found opposite each other on the color wheel and offset each other well… this is an almost absurd simplification but I don’t wish to bore you more). I set the paper color (digitally speaking) to a mid-tone grey. I chose a digital brush that smeared into other colors and mixed them together. Then I just started putting blobs of paint on the “canvas” until it started to look like something. What you see is the eventual result.

Categorized as: Drawing

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